Uncollected Garbage In Bundung Poses Health Threat


By Muhammed Sailu Bah Sulayman Darboe a resident of Bijankerr Street in Bundung Bore hole,Garbage In Bundung said the heap of rubbish dumped behind his compound is causing a serious health threat to his family and the people living within the neighbourhood.Mr. Darboe had on several occasions contacted Foroyaa to help amplify their concerns for the municipal authorities to know about the existence of this heap of rubbish that is dumped behind his compound fence. “For so many years now people from different areas come at night to dump all kinds of rubbish, ranging from plastic bags, dead animals, rotten fruits and fish among others,” said Darboe According to Darboe, the rubbish heap has now become increased in size and is emitting a bad odour that makes the environment uncomfortable for them to breathe. He lamented the worms, flies, other insects and rodents that come from the place and enter their compounds. Mr. Darboe said sometimes smoke usually comes out of the heap of rubbish and pollute the whole environment. He added that he normally call the young boys to help him put off the fire anytime he notices it. “I have spent a lot of money just to clear the heap but still I cannot clear everything, and I have also spoken to the Councillor of Bundung Bore hole to help remedy the situation,” he disclosed. He said people normally come at night and throw the rubbish their when everyone is asleep. “Sometimes I have to wake up late in the night to check the environment, but you will not know when people will come and throw rubbish there,” he disclosed. Mr. Darboe said they hardly see KMC rubbish collection vehicles come to their street. He said they instead resort to paying D15 per bag to the donkey cart owners to dispose their rubbish all the way to the Bakoteh Dumpsite. However, he noted that some residents do not have the means to pay for this service and that they may resort to illegal dumping. He said not long ago some members of the Kanifing Municipal Council visited the dumpsite and have seen the rubbish but since then nothing is done about it. Similar complaints were made by Lamin Darboe, another resident, who expressed fears about the rains coming and finding the rubbish not cleared from the area. He said the rain water will wash away the heap and scatter the rubbish all over the place. He said this poses a danger to the health of their children who always play outside in the streets. He also called on the Authorities to come to their aid. At the Bundung Bohole market, the stench from a nearby rubbish dump was so over powering and both vendors and customers wee seen covering the noses. The vendors as well as stall owners also plead for KMC to be coming frequently to help in collecting the rubbish on time. Heap of rubbish behind Mr. Bojang’s compound]]>