Between anger and despair
"At a certain point, we came to believe that there were no responsible authorities in charge of garbage disposal, taking into account that the accumulated garbage was in the streets for a long time, emitting very strong, bad smells, without mentioning the unpleasant view," Husam explains.
The General Company for cleaning services is the only body responsible for collecting and disposing of refuse within cities. Among the reasons that led to the accumulation of waste in the streets were labour strikes and the company's inability to provide maintenance of worn-out equipment.
Joining efforts for a cleaner environment
"Although garbage collection is not part of our mandate, we offer support to the Company with available means to contribute to solving this challenge. We recently activated the Cleaning Services Unit in the municipality and allocated better assets and a sound plan," says Mr. Nasser Al-Krio, member of Tripoli Center Municipal Council.
Led by national and municipal Libyan institutions, and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from 13 international partners and the Government of Libya, the Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL) provides quick rehabilitation of critical infrastructure and delivers equipment to help local authorities across the country to improve basic services for the people.
Providing such basic, vital services such as garbage disposal is key for local authorities to meet the needs of people and it contributes to peace among communities, allowing people to look ahead with greater security, dignity and opportunities.
The SFL delivered 28 refuse semi-trailers and seven tractor heads to six municipalities in Greater Tripoli, namely Tajoura, Tripoli Center, Abu Salim, Souq Al Jomoa, Ain Zara and Hay Andalous. It also provided four refuse collectors and one tractor head to Tripoli Center Municipality.
Because of the support, the Tripoli Center Municipality uses the equipment as part of its plan to manage the waste. The equipment effectively contributes to keep the city streets clean.