Waste Management Corporation (WAMCO)’s revenue from household sector has taken a 50 percent hit, after many households terminated their registrations and cancelled billings.
WAMCO, which continues to provide uninterrupted services amid the coronavirus outbreak, affected several changes to its waste collection services after the community spread was discovered in greater Male’ in April.
In a press conference on Thursday afternoon, WAMCO’s Managing Director Adam Mohamed noted that the company stopped visits to individual households to collect waste in light of health risk considerations amid the outbreak.
“We therefore decided that each household put their waste outside, and that WAMCO will take over from there,” he said.
Households are now required to put waste on the group floor of buildings or out on the streets during a specific time, ready for pickup.
WAMCO decided to make special allowances in light of the situation, and began collecting waste from both registered and unregistered households. With this, many of the registered households terminated their registration with WAMCO or cancelled billings, but continued putting waste outside for pickup.
“As a result, revenue from households has dropped by half. We appeal that you don’t do this,” said Adam Mohamed.
Adam Mohamed also asked households to ensure that wastes are properly packed in bags in accordance with guidelines to avoid leakage.
Meanwhile, WAMCO’s Waste Collection Manager Mohamed Shan said that the company continues to provide uninterrupted service.
He, too, asked that households adhere to the guidelines.
Shan said that some households were keeping waste out overnight, and advised against such practice.