(MENAFN - Jordan Times) The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) Council on Monday approved a tender to purchase trash compactors and balers worth JD10 million, during a session on Monday headed by Abdul Halim Al Kilani, head of GAM's municipal committee.
Kilani said in a statement to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, that GAM is experiencing an emergency in regards to the capital's cleanliness and sanitary conditions.
He pointed out that GAM needs 300 vehicles to perform sanitation work effectively.
GAM's vehicles currently collect 2,800 tonnes of garbage, and up to 3,200 tonnes during peak times. Previously, he said, the load was between 1,800 and 2,000 tonnes.
In previous remarks to The Jordan Times, the director of GAM's waste operations department, Mohammad Amaireh, said the municipality's fleet of garbage trucks, which used to include 270 vehicles serving 27 areas, has not been replaced or refurbished in five years.
In addition, he said, the department has not bought new garbage containers or spare parts for trash compactors since 2007, nor has it hired new sanitation workers.
Kilani counted 238 vehicles among GAM's fleet, 71 of which were put out of service, while 66 vehicles have stopped working. He added that the 101 remaining vehicles operate at a 40 per cent capacity.
"We inherited only 100 garbage trucks from the previous administration as the rest are completely disabled. Even the remaining trucks are only running at half their capacity and are in dire need of maintenance," Amaireh told The Jordan Times earlier this year after public outcry demanding better sanitation services.