Monday, September 25, 2017

MCDC to prosecute illegal waste dumpers

Mandalay’s great clean-up has begun. More than 90 factories around the city that produce liquid waste have been told the government is ready to take action against them unless they clean up their act.

Unless disposal of liquid waste from industrial zones in Mandalay is done systematically, legal proceedings will be launched against factories, said U Tun Kyi, a member of the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC).

According to the committee’s statistics, more than 90 factories producing leather, sugar, paper, batteries, soap, condensed milk, dyes and beverages will now have to dispose of their liquid waste thoughtfully.

“We will investigate and take offenders to court, starting soon. We will act under the new development and garden preservation laws. The proprietors have already agreed to this plan,” he said.

The agreement was reached on January 30 when factory owners and MCDC officials met to discuss the issue. Liquid waste may affect the ecosystem of Taungthaman Lake and its surroundings, as well as Taunginn and Myaukinn natural ponds, and even the Ayeyarwady River itself, state media has reported.

“Untreated liquid waste has been disposed of for more than 16 years, so it’s time we took action,” said U Tun Kyi.

“Factories that can afford to set up their own waste treatment facilities are arranging to do so. We will be inviting tenders for a company to assist those that cannot. We are studying the issue with the help of a Thai company,” he added.

Treatment to render liquid waste harmless requires as many as five stages, and the cost will be borne by the companies depending on the volume of their emissions.

“We will charge by the gallon for disposal of liquid waste, though once the factory has covered the cost we could charge a reduced rate, of provide the service free,” said Industrial Zone Management Committee joint secretary 1 U Maung Maung Oo.

Translated by Thit Lwin