Karachi still has no single functional scientific dumping site

The city of Karachi – which also happens to be the capital of Sindh province of Pakistan, and also the seventh populous city in world – is dealing with a serious problem of garbage disposal.
Peter von Bechen, pixelio.de

As reported by The Daily Times, piles of garbage can be found in almost every locality of the city and no political party is paying heed or taking action against the filth control.

It further reports that much of the waste ends up in empty plots, public parks, dumps, besides the schools, open spaces, on the shores and beaches of the city.

Moreover, Karachi does not even have a single functional scientific dumping site to control the 12,000 tonnes of waste it produces on a daily basis. Also, the Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB) has recently estimated that the city will generate 16,000 tonnes of garbage every day by 2020 due to increasing population.

Official data shows that there are six industrial zones in the city with around 10,000 industrial units consisting textile, chemical manufacturers, paints, tanneries, etc. The untreated waste generated from these factories is eventually dumped into the sea, giving birth to another environmental disaster.

Naeem Mughal, Director General at Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) – an autonomous body ensuring environment protection, said that the organization is working to solve the ongoing garbage problem. He admitted that the raw sewerage, untreated industrial waste, human and livestock waste was poured into the sea every day.


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