In Rawalpindi, nearly half of the permanent waste collection sites have been set up outside educational institutions. A total of 150 waste collection sites have been set up in the city by the city district government’s solid waste management department, out of which 78 are outside educational institutions. The remaining dumping sites have been established outside public parks, graveyards and mosques, said an official of the City District Government while talking to The Express Tribune.
When contacted, City District Officer of Solid Waste Management Dr Mazhar Azeem said that it was the duty of the community to work with its staff in selecting suitable waste dumping sites. But because of the opposition of locals, “with their not in my backyard attitude,” the department had no option but to set up these sites outside educational institutions and public parks.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2011.