WAMCO strengthens policies, orders segregation of waste from safaris

WAMCO employees load waste onto a truck. (File Photo/Sun/Fayaz Moosa)

Waste Management Corporation (WAMCO), on Monday, announced changes to its waste collection and disposal policies including segregation of waste from tourist safaris from household waste, and a ban on transport of waste from safaris on board any private vehicles to any WAMCO site.

WAMCO said it made the changes to ascertain the health of its workers and the general public in response to the emergence of cases of COVID-19 in Maldives.

WAMCO, in a statement announcing the changes, said it had noticed cases where customers carried waste from safaris to WAMCO sites in suburban Hulhumale’.

 “We make the public announcement that the transport of waste from safaris mixed with common household waste, and the transport of waste from safaris on any private vehicle to any WAMCO site is prohibited,” said WAMCO.

It said that safaris which wished to dispose of its waste to WAMCO sites in Hulhumale’ needed to contact site supervisors by calling the number 7871666 to make necessary arrangements.

Safaris have been urged to adhere to WAMCO’s instructions and keep its waste well-packed inside bags.

WAMCO has warned it will not accept waste which hasn’t been properly packed, and has warned action against parties which fail to adhere to its new policies.