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Press Release

May 12, 2014

Toward Clean Dhaka Japan's Low Carbon Type Waste Collection Vehicles increased and new Waste Management Program for Greater Dhaka Area will start

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People in Dhaka frequently see waste collection vehicles with the logo of Japan on the roads in daily lives. After those vehicles started the work in 2012, it is said, the worse condition of waste collection has been moderated step by step. You can find the word of "From the People of Japan" with their national flag on the green and pink colored waste collection vehicles. Japan always hopes all countries to effort to realize the low carbon society and environmental friendly city. In this stream, Japan has worked together with Bangladeshi counterparts to meet the goal of Clean Dhaka.

In addition to those, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) had implemented "Project for Strengthening of solid waste management in Dhaka city" between 2007 and 2013.

As a result of those projects, the amount of collected waste became double, from 1,400 ton/day in 2003 to 2,800 ton/day in 2013.

On 12 May 2014, Twelve (12) new waste collection vehicles and workshop were handed over at Saidabad in Dhaka. H. E. Mr. Shiro Sadoshima, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh expressed his expectation in his speech, "Dhaka City will use these vehicles effectively and strengthen the appropriate management continuously. To make the environmental friendly city is to meet efforts of Japanese taxpayers". Through this grant, total number of low carbon type waste collection vehicles become 112 and one workshop completes just now. Japan International Cooperation System (JICS) was providing the training for operation and maintenance as part of the grant.

Mr. Mikio Hataeda, Chief Representative of JICA Bangladesh Office pointed out that GoB is requested to put higher priority on solid waste management and to assign the management level staff and mechanics in the workshop as soon as possible. He further stated that JICA has plan to launch next project for assisting to prepare the master plan 2015-2025 of waste management in the Greater Dhaka area including Narayangonj and Gazipur, as currently, the increasing volume of solid waste may surpass the capacity of two waste landfill sites in Dhaka soon, which were improved by Japan Debt Relief Grant Assistance, and the entire waste management of Dhaka is at risk in near future.

The increase of many low carbon type waste collection vehicles is expected to accelerate the realization of the clean Dhaka.

The meaning of Waste Management of Dhaka City

Dhaka is one of the most populated mega-cities in the world and the establishment and implementation of proper waste management is crucial to ensure the sustainability and environmental safety of the capital city. Dhaka area is now one of the dynamos of economic growth of Bangladesh and the impact of waste management of this city will benefit the promotion of economic growth and the lesson learned from the experience of Dhaka should be replicated to other growing cities for the future of Bangladesh.

Amount of Grant assistance: BDT 93 crore

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