Waste disposal trucks: more bane than boon

I had the misfortune of being stuck behind a waste disposal truck for a kilometer, and, in that time, a few rotten onions, half-filled plastic bags, disposable bottles, and an arm-load of dust bounced right off my car. The truck driver, of course, was perfectly aware of the foul cargo he was depositing on the streets of Karachi, but continued to speed along. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, were darting off to the sides of the road.

The obvious problem was that the giant bin on the truck was overflowing. That’s a function of the fact that garbage piles up more quickly than the city government is able to dispose of. But there’s a simpler solution: fit the bins with covers or throw a canvas on top when moving them. A small expense that would provide much relief for motorists.

7 Comments so far

  1. Mariam (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2006 @ 6:49 am

    Well Said!!

    Speaking of garbage, is there any designated dumping site in Karachi or they are still throwing it in the sea.


  2. mansoor (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2006 @ 10:36 am

    there’s an amazing amount of stuff coming out of trucks nowadays when they’re driving down the road!

    its such a wierd thing… these trucks are actually move the garbage.. yet they just move it from the dumping site to the roads :(


  3. Kashif (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2006 @ 11:46 pm

    GIGO – Garbage In Garbage Out


  4. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2006 @ 12:38 am

    Kashif man I congratulate you to comeup with new kind of data structure :>

    Mariam yes there are many.Different footpaths of karachi.

    @Cy:awesome post.Discussed a problem and also provided a solution.It would be nice if other authors also follow you.


  5. Mariam (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2006 @ 6:55 am

    @Adnan,

    Lol!!


  6. Adnan (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2006 @ 10:12 pm

    Miriam I was not being funny.Its a fact.I mean it all happens officially and its very dangerous for the people who are in that particular area.


  7. suhail (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 4:44 pm

    i hear a lot about the solid waste management thing being on the mind of city nazim, when he came to shanghai , he talked non-stop about it, i hope with the sharing the expertise of shanghai-city govt, they will make some arrangement for the efficient disposal of waste.
    Its refreshing to see some people taking ownership of city and actually doing work. Thumbs up to local govt. system. Both Naimutullah Khan and now Mustafa Kamal are doing well, at least sitting in a foreign land, this is the impression I get from online papers. i just hope at city level the govt system shall be over and above the party politics.
    what do you people think ?



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