A new garbage dump

Posted by Mark

I have no clue who’s smart idea it was to turn the empty piece of land behind my building into a garbage dump. That yellow truck on the left actually came, dumped some garbage and then left!

Update: Another truck just came and dumped more garbage. Kinda reminds me when the garbage contractors were having a turf war on the HBO show The Sopranos. Someone is really pissed off at someone.

Update2: Looks like we’re in a handover transition period between two different garbage contractors and this issue should be temporary. According to Arab Times the new contractors are charging around KD5,000,000 a month to clean up the garbage, a lot more than the previous company because they’re supposed to do a much better job and adhere to a higher standard. You can read the article on Arab Times [Here]


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  1. Ashraf says:

    Thats seriously stupid to dump garbage in a residential area..

  2. Patrick says:

    I noticed it last night. It’s pretty fucked up. It’s going to end up smelling terrible when it rains.

  3. d'fine says:

    Something is going on, my friend Balal (street cleaner) told me they have new contract, new machines and as you can see these days new uniforms.

    I hope what you see is just a transaction for big changes in Kuwait. I am holding my breath…=)

  4. aaa says:

    Check your bed for horse heads

  5. Kurt says:

    They are able to dump trash in the middle of a residential neighborhood in broad daylight without any fear of repercussion. It is obvious NOBODY can do anything about it.

  6. Kuwait says:

    Who are the 4 winners and what are the 4 selected questions you’re asking KK? No info about them..

  7. SONI says:

    kuawit is planning to ban on usage of plastic, as its a major pollution creater, look in the pic , mark has posted , 99% of the garbage is plastic,
    in jamaiya, citycenter, sultan center, when you are paying for the goods u purchase, the helper puts small small products in seperated bags, sometimes i myself put products in same bags and return 3-4 bags,,

    mark you could approach the municipality with the pic and ask them to get it removed immediately

  8. heeeeelllllllppppp says:

    I ts the same everywhere, Here in Kheitan all the garbage cans are empty with the trash on road. Please do something since the rains will lead to lots of unwanted guests.

  9. Desert Girl says:

    I live in Rumaithiya and it has been piling up lately too. I don’t know what’s going on. Maybe someone forgot to pay the cleaning company again. Oooops.

  10. Tnoy says:

    Burj Hamoud?!

  11. Traveler says:

    In my neighborhood all of the dumpsters (about 15) disappeared during the night two weeks ago. People started just dumping trash on the ground where they used to be. Now we have mountains of trash all around the neighborhood.

    If the wind kicks up the trash will be scattered all over the place — this is not good or healthy.

  12. Traveler says:

    Mmm. Trash being dumped and abandoned. Making one pile instead of many. It is around Thanksgiving. You have pictures, although they lack circles and arrows.

    I got it — it is an homage to “Alice’s Restaurant”

  13. Traveler says:

    The clues are in the lyrics– did you find an envelpe under the grabage?

    Pertinant lyrics:

    We got up there, we found all the garbage in there, and we decided it’d be a friendly gesture for us to take the garbage down to the city dump. So we took the half a ton of garbage, put it in the back of a red VW microbus, took shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the city dump.

    Well we got there and there was a big sign and a chain across across the dump saying, “Closed on Thanksgiving.” And we had never heard of a dump
    closed on Thanksgiving before, and with tears in our eyes we drove off into the sunset looking for another place to put the garbage.

    We didn’t find one. Until we came to a side road, and off the side of the side road there was another fifteen foot cliff and at the bottom of the cliff there was another pile of garbage. And we decided that one big pile is better than two little piles, and rather than bring that one up we decided to throw our’s down.

    That’s what we did, and drove back to the church, had a thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat, went to sleep and didn’t get up until the next morning, when we got a phone call from officer Obie. He said, “Kid, we found your name on an envelope at the bottom of a half a ton of
    garbage, and just wanted to know if you had any information about it.” And I said, “Yes, sir, Officer Obie, I cannot tell a lie, I put that envelope under that garbage.”

  14. Zeroduct says:

    Hopefully they find a solution

  15. Keith says:

    We the ‘People’ are the solution! We need to take steps to reduce, reuse and recycle. We have to make an additional effort to ensure we do not litter, pack our waste in an adequate way and dispose it properly.

    The solution always begins from within, you, me and all of us as citizens and expatiates, to work towards a cleaner Kuwait. Excessive garbage and poor handling cannot be blamed on the government or the cleaning companies alone. Hats off to the cleaners who have to hang off a garbage truck, working at at all odd hours, just to keep our streets garbage free.

    I hope there will be a day, where Kuwait can truly be litter and garbage free, not because of the cleaning contracts and cleaning companies but by the effort of every person living in Kuwait.

  16. Traveler says:

    Step 1 would be to have adequete trash cans. Sicne they removed all the dumpsters from my neighborhood — the problem was created.

    Prior to this most of the folks on my block took the time to get their trash into the dumpsters.

  17. Eve says:

    wondering if they thats how garbage guys handover the workload… interesting…
    if we tried that our work places – how would it turn out?

    Seems like you can actually run a movie about the street where you live… it has something or the other happening most of the time…

  18. d'fine says:

    I say

    1. The Government has to implement new, bigger and better cans/ dumpsters. Allocated them in a better way, where they don’t get destroyed and the street looks better. Both household and for the smaller street cans. (the current yellow ones is a joke)

    2. The Government has to educate and enforce laws. Regular campaign’s to change peoples minds set, including maids and drivers.

    3. Improve infrastructure and make laws for all types of business and their garbage handling.

    4. Recycling program with the promise of a cleaner Kuwait.

    I would like to see public buses driving GREEN, not like to day you suffocate when your behind them. The list is long and I wish the best for Kuwait.

  19. Haitham says:

    Great for public health. Rats will have a field day and disease will spread.

  20. Joe says:

    The whole country is a dump. Twice in less than 30 seconds today did I see people drop empty soda cans out the car window, together with tissue and fastfood wrapping. How can anyone in 2012, when we are so brain washed about environmental issues do something like this?! I felt like walking over, pick up the garbage and throw it back in their car. Doing this, I would probably face reprecussions…………… Sick is what it is!

  21. Traveler says:

    Mount Trashmore keeps growing.

  22. M says:

    5 million a month we could have the fireworks show every month! but live with dirty streets.

  23. NBN says:

    They have started collecting waste from our area. Now the problem is that they are not removing the waste laying on the ground. I dont know when they are going to clean it up.

    As for the 5 million its not a big deal for baladiya. Iam paying 24KD every year(which is 2KD per month) along with my electricty charges for collecting the waste. our street itself have 15 buildings and each building has average 40 flats.

  24. Ken says:

    What happened to the Kuwait Oil Company recycling program maybe Kuwait is going to break ground there lol.

  25. Traveler says:

    This came out today:

    http://news.kuwaittimes.net/2012/12/01/new-dumpsters-to-replace-old-ones/

    It was totally unsmart to remove all the old dumpsters until the new ones were in place. A well thought out contract would have included a well thought out transition plan.


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