The Greater Amman Municipality will enter into a dialogue with the capital’s residents this week to get their feedback on a garbage disposal

By Rand Dalgamouni

AMMAN – The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) will launch an awareness campaign this week to inform the capital’s residents about assigned times to take out their trash.

Residents will be told to dispose of garbage between 6:00am and 11:00am between Saturday and Thursday, according to Zaidoun Nsour, executive director of environment at GAM.

He explained that these designated times are adjustable based on feedback from households.

“We will be knocking on residents’ doors and inviting them to take part in a dialogue to determine the times that suit them best for taking out trash,” he told The Jordan Times over the phone yesterday.

Nsour added that Tuesdays will be assigned for large items of trash such as furniture.

GAM employees will also instruct owners of stores on the best methods to dispose of cardboard boxes in order to save space and avoid overloading trash bins, he said.

Nsour noted that this is a long-term campaign that comes as part of GAM’s efforts to improve waste management.

The absence of assigned times for garbage disposal has been causing problems in streets and neighbourhoods, as trash bins fill up after GAM trucks had already made their rounds. This prompted the launch of this campaign, according to Nsour.

In August, the municipality launched an environmental awareness campaign titled “Amman Baitna” (Amman is our home), according to the GAM website. The first phase included distributing around 100,000 bags to motorists to discourage them from throwing litter on the streets.

According to environmental regulations, motorists found littering are fined JD20.