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Karachi’s trash

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THE Sindh administration is negotiating with a Chinese enterprise for a waste-to-energy unit that could generate about 200 megawatts of electricity at one of Karachi’s landfills. Given the fact that 88 per cent of residents believe cleanliness is the city’s biggest problem, this move may appear positive. But much more is needed from the administration and whatever is left of the local government to manage the city’s mounting waste issue.

With a rise in consumerism and changing lifestyles and production processes, waste generation has become fairly diversified. Proliferating private healthcare facilities generate hazardous medical waste. Growing use of gadgets has given rise to electronic waste. Rubber, plastic, paper, industrial and biological waste of different volumes and characteristics is a natural outcome. Typical municipal waste is hardly ever removed, and new forms of waste generation are virtually unattended to.

As a result, epidemics such as chikungunya have recently spread across the metropolis. Folks in suburban areas continue to experience bouts of viral and bacterial diseases. The lack of proper waste management is obviously a key factor in these crises. This amounts to a human crisis that should be addressed holistically.

The lack of solid waste........

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