New clean-up plan for Jeddah
Jeddah, October 28, 2007
The Jeddah Municipality is to sign a number of five-year citywide cleaning contracts worth SR900 million, a municipality official said.
The new clean-up plan for the first time will divide the city into three separate areas: northern, central and southern.
“Each section will be handled by an independent company to ensure competency and easy monitoring,” said Khalid Aqil, deputy mayor for services, said in remarks published in the Arab News.
Aqil said the new contracts include increasing dumpsters across the city to over 45,000, in addition to increasing the number of workers to 7,000.
Each company would be responsible for collecting 5 million cubic meters of garbage in an area of 15 million square meters, said Aqil, adding that the new contracts include cleaning private land, development of beach cleaning methods, and washing sidewalks, underpasses and bridges.
He said the new contracts would reorganise trash collection in a positive way.
“This time, trash collection in the city, pest control and general cleaning are going to different companies rather than just one, as has previously been the situation,” said Aqil, adding that the municipality has put in place guidelines for cleaning companies to ensure they provide services in a highly specialized way through experienced people.
“The municipality will also be hiring a specialized company to provide technical support in supervising the companies and to evaluate their performance for a three-year period at a cost of SR8 million,” he said.
The government has increased the municipality’s five-year budget of SR450 million to SR900 million.
Meanwhile, the municipality is hosting today a special forum on keeping Jeddah clean under the auspices of Jeddah Mayor Adel Fakieh.
Aqil said that the forum aims to establish ways of communicating with residents and authorities to raise the level of Jeddah’s cleanliness.