59 tons of waste collected from Male’ streets on eve of Ramadan

Council workers collect waste from the streets of Male' City on March 10, 2024. (Photo/Male' City Council)

The city council says it collected over 59 tons of waste from the streets of the capital, Male’, on Sunday alone.

In a post on X, the city council said it collected and disposed of total 59.6 tons of waste from the streets on Sunday.

According to the council, it collected 51 pickups of waste. This includes:

  • (26) 350 kilo pickups
  • (16) 1.5-ton pickups
  • (7) three-ton pickups
  • (1) 3.5-ton pickup
  • (1) two-ton pickup

Discarded furniture and old household appliances had been dumped on doorsteps and pavements as families cleaned their homes ahead of Ramadan, hindering pedestrian movement.

The discarded items range from sofas to gas cookers to pots and pans.

Following public concern over the situation, the Waste Management Corporation (WAMCO) and Male’ City Council initiated joint efforts to collect the waste. On Sunday, WAMCO announced it will provide free waste collection services from transfer stations until end of Wednesday. But this does not apply to wet waste and construction waste.

The entry free and disposal charge on vehicles used by members of general public to carry waste will also be waived during the period.