Burmese waste management more sustainable

In Myanmar’s largest city Yangon, landfills need better compaction to reduce the need for opening new landfill sites and to avoid unauthorized dumping. Local authorities have now taken significant first steps in application of purpose-built landfill equipment and modern waste management processes to centralize dumping in sanitary landfills that are also more environmentally friendly.

Yangon area has four landfills. Three of them are already unusable due to improper compaction equipment. The road rollers and excavators used for daily maintenance do not compact the landfills sufficiently to harden the refuse: The ground is too soft for trucks to operate on, and dumping becomes impossible.

Burmese company WONG FONG MYANMAR is answering these challenges by encouraging local municipalities to use the correct equipment for landfill and waste management. The company recently signed a distributorship agreement with Tana Oy, a Finnish manufacturer of waste management equipment. Now a TANA landfill compactor – the first purpose-built compactor in the country – is utilized by the Yangon authorities in solving the acute landfill compaction issue.

With the new TANA E260 landfill compactor, authorities in Myanmar have seen significant improvement in the grounding of its older landfills. As the old sites can be efficiently utilized and some even reopened, there is less need to create and open new landfill sites. The team at YCDC (Yangon City Development Committee) is very satisfied with the TANA E260’s performance and has expressed interest in additional machines of bigger capacity.

 

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