ABU DHABI // Residents have expressed concern about large waste containers left uncovered in their areas as they say it poses a health risk.
They are often full of spoilt food, they say, which creates bad smells and pollutes their neighbourhoods.
A Khalidiyah resident, Samia Faisal, said there were four uncovered rubbish bins near her house.
The bins are left on the corners of streets outside of residential properties for days on end without being emptied, she said.
“It’s really bad for children’s health, and residents who live in the area. The concerned authorities must intervene and take action against those who do not follow dumping instructions,” said Ms Faisal, who has lived in Khalidiyah for 11 years.
“I have seen people throwing the trash outside the rubbish bins, so such people need to be instructed.
“Sometimes it becomes very smelly so we ask the trash collecting vehicles to wash these bins as they are too smelly to bear.”
She believed people who scavenge through waste to look for recyclable material could be to blame for leaving them open.
Prem Shankar, who has lived on Electra Street for almost 20 years, said: “These uncovered bins are big problem.”
He said passers-by feel they were “inhaling something very, very bad that could cause them serious ailments”.
“We can bear the bad smell and pass by but what happens to children who are prone to early sickness due such a foul smell?” he asked.
He thought the main culprits were cleaning workers and restaurant workers who dump leftover food.
In Al Zahiyah, formerly known as the Tourist Club Area, Shaukat Ali Rana said that those who do not close the lids of rubbish bins should be fined “because it’s seriously affecting the people’s health in the neighbourhood”.
An Al Falah resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said the areas where the bins were stored were also very dirty and were rarely cleaned.
“The greasy area has become a breeding ground for insects and flies, which creep into apartments during the night,” he said.
Abu Dhabi’s Centre of Waste Management, Tadweer, which is responsible for collecting and managing the city’s waste, did not respond to requests for comment.