Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) has undertaken an initiative to free the port city of its existing open dustbins.
According to the CCC conservancy department, the city of nearly six million residents produces around 1,200 tons of garbage every day.
A total of 1,789 permanent and casual conservancy workers employed by the CCC use 100 mini trucks and 13 container carriers to remove garbage from 93 iron-built garbage containers and 1,350 open concrete dustbins set up citywide.
The initiative, undertaken as part of a door-to-door garbage collection programme, will be implemented in phases in all 41 wards of the port city.
As part of turning Chittagong into a clean, green and liveable cosmopolitan city, CCC mayor AJM Nasir Uddin had inaugurated the dustbin removal programme at Gosaildanga ward of the city on January 31.
The CCC mayor had formally inaugurated the door-to-door garbage collection and removal initiative by distributing garbage bins to city residents on August 1 last year.
The corporation is implementing this garbage collection initiative from its own funds. As part of the project, the CCC plans to distribute as many as a million waste bins to residents.
CCC Chief Conservancy Officer Shafiqul Mannan Siddique told the Dhaka Tribune that they were collecting garbage from door to door in seven wards of the city, including Gosaildanga.
“Initially we decided to remove the dustbins in the seven wards. The dustbins in other wards of the city will be removed in phases,” said the chief conservancy officer.
Seeking full cooperation from the city’s residents, Shafiqul told the Dhaka Tribune that the initiative was undertaken to turn Chittagong environmentally friendly, clean and healthy.
He also called upon the residents to refrain from dumping garbage into drains, canals, and water bodies for the sake of the environment and public health.
CCC conservancy staff members are now collecting garbage in vans from every household from 3pm till 10pm every day. The collected garbage is being kept at designated places. Afterward, the garbage is transported by trucks to be dumped at the two landfills in the Arefin Nagar and Halishahar areas of the city.