A new waste collection site in southern Afghanistan enhances health and aesthetics
18 SEPTEMBER 2013 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
For years, Kandahar City dumped its untreated waste near the Tarnak river, which flows to its south. It was an unsanitary practice and detrimental to the environment and the health of the residents.
Conditions improved after USAID’s Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations (RAMP UP) South program helped Kandahar City municipality build a new controlled site for waste. The site’s walls are compacted earth and it has a clay liner system that can withstand heavy vehicle movement. It can contain waste water.
This is “a significant achievement for the municipality”, says Kandahar City’s mayor, Mohammad Omar Omar. The facility will be maintained by municipal staff trained by USAID.
The controlled accumulation and disposal of waste is helping to reduce soil, air and groundwater pollution in the area. The project, which will improve hygiene and aesthetics in and around Kandahar City, is part of a larger plan for a solid waste management system.