QALA-I-NAW (Pajhwok): Residents of western Badghis province complain about the lack of garbage cans in Qala-i-Naw, asking the authorities to address the problem.
Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, some inhabitants of Qala-i-Naw, the provincial capital, criticised the lack of trash cans in the city.
One resident Mohammad Daud said although the Qala-i-Naw Municipality had done a lot to keep the city clean, it had failed to increase the number of dustbins.
He suggested: “The mayor should have a general oversight of the city in this regard and identify the places where dumpsters are needed.
“This will stop people from throwing trash into streams and on roads besides keeping the environment from being polluted.”
Daud pointed out that the shortage of waste baskets in most areas of the city had caused people to dump garbage on the streets and roads.
Several other residents of the city held similar views, demanding the placement of trash can in different parts of the provincial capital.
On the other hand, experts call dumping of garbage on the streets and roads a worrying practice that pollutes the environment.
Mohammad Mirwais Pohmal, an environmentalist, said: “The continuation of this problem could have dangerous consequences like threatening public health and spreading diseases in the community.”
The municipality was obliged to address the issue at the earliest possible, he commented, calling for an increase in the number of staff and promoting awareness about the culture of cleanliness.
He urged the residents of Qala-i-Naw to cooperate with the municipality in this regard. “Garbage and waste should be buried outside the city.”
Meanwhile, Mayor Maulvi Nazar Mohammad Wasiq said they were planning to set up metal circular files in different areas to resolve the problems.
Due to poverty and economic problems, the mayor noted that citizens had not been able to contact out waste collection to the private sector.
Every year, due to the dumping of garbage in the river, spring floods cause a lot of losses to residents of Qala-i-Naw.