Environment Ministry denies Mayor Muizzu’s allegations of mixing segregated waste

WAMCO staff collecting garbage in Malé | Photo: Mihaaru

Malé, Maldives – Maldives’ Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology on Thursday denied allegations by Malé City Mayor Mohamed Muizzu regarding the mixing of segregated waste by WAMCO workers.

Starting June 2022, household waste must be categorized into three categories in the greater Malé area; biodegradable waste, plastic bottles and others.

Mayor Muizzu shared a video of a WAMCO worker emptying a plastic bag of waste into the WAMCO waste collection container.

“I didn’t think it was a big deception when people were asked to segregate waste. The segregated waste is being mixed with everything else in the lorry,” said Mayor Muizzu. “I urge the government and WAMCO not to do this.”

Originally tweeted by Dr Mohamed Muizzu (@MMuizzu) on June 30, 2022.

Minister of State at the Environment Ministry Ali Solih responded to the tweet stating that the video does not portray the mixing of segregated waste. And even if that was the case the Mayor should have made professional communication instead of tweeting. Mayor Muizzu replied that a formal letter have been submitted to the authorities.

While Mayor Muizzu alleged this, WAMCO officials state that the confusion might be caused due to the same vehicles being used in rotation for different kinds of waste at different timings.

As per the newest WAMCO protocols, food waste is collected from 18:00 to 22:00 in Malé following which the trucks make additional rotations to collect the segregated waste.