Four thousand tonnes of waste are deposited at Matuail Landfill in the southern outskirts of Bangladesh’s teeming capital every day. Matuail is the largest waste site in Dhaka as it is responsible for 65 percent of the total waste generated. However, according to a 15 month study conducted in 2003 by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), only 44 percent of all waste generated is collected. That means that 1,200 tonnes of garbage swamps Dhaka’s public places every day. When garbage is illegally deposited into waterways, the fisherman lose their livelihood; and the fish, their habitat.
JICA’s urged Dhaka City Corporation, a self-governing corporation that is associated with the task of running the affairs of the city since 1864, to increase the scope of its waste maintenance facilities in order to combat the odour, drain clogging, pollution and mosquitoes that afflicts many parts of Dhaka. Last week the State Minister for Environment and Forests Dr Hasan Mahmud announced that two household waste management projects will begin in early 2011 on a pilot basis.
These photographs depict the tough conditions faced by waste management workers at Matuail Landfill. Each worker earns around Tk 150 (US$2) per day.
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Nasir UddinFebruary 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm •
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Sorry to hear that – would have been great to have read your comment in full. Hate it when that happens! And thanks.April 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm •