A study by Waste Concern estimates that some 4,500 tons of household waste is produced in the capital every single day.
We have been assured time and again by our respective city corporations that the management of this waste is a priority -- to that end, costly dustbins have been set up around the city; but the reality of the matter is a cause for serious worry.
Around 80% of the dustbins that were installed around Dhaka to keep the city tidy are now missing, and nobody seems to know where they have gone.
Because of a lack of dustbins, the problem of littering persists.
It is incumbent upon the DNCC and the DSCC to fix this problem. It is not enough to simply come up with a noble initiative, the projects must be seen all the way through, meaning ensuring the dustbins stay where they were installed, and that people are actually using them.
Our considerable economic achievement in the past years mean little if we cannot raise the quality of life in our capital and largest city, and that means keeping our streets clean.
Sadly, it is not uncommon to find a dustbin overflowing with garbage, with waste spilling out on to the footpath and main road, the stench becoming unbearable for commuters.
We were promised a clean, green, and liveable city, and we would like to hold the authorities to that pledge.
Though it may seem like a tall order, it is not impossible to clean up our city -- other highly populated cities have done it, so Dhaka’s high population density is not an acceptable excuse.
To make Dhaka liveable, for us, and for future generations, we hope waste management will be a priority for our city corporations.