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Trash worth 6.7 billion MNT

Issues about the city’s green trash bags are raised annually. Once again, the public has begun their argument about trash bag issues with the Ulaanbaatar City Administration, as the government almost doubles the 2015 budget for trash bags.
The government has been advising the whole nation to tighten their belts and cut down on costs during the current economic crisis. After saving some hundreds of thousands of MNT by laying-off civil servants and reducing some officials’ wages, the government has hastily approved 6.7 billion MNT for “Asia’s White Diva” plastic bags in the 2015 state budget. The government started a savings regime for the budget, yet they were so extravagant with the budget for trash bags. They know that it takes several hundreds of years for nature to absorb plastic and still invested billions for producing more trash.
Occasionally, people would ring door bells and distribute the city’s trash bags. Now, they don’t. We have to get them ourselves from the Home Owners’ Association. Going to the association to get trash bags isn’t a big deal for most residents, as they were never distributed to some areas in the city such as ger districts. The issue with these green bags is their poor quality. Considering the budget, the bags should be sturdy, resistant, and well manufactured so that they don’t rip easily. Even before they are filled with trash, the bags rip and scatter trash everywhere. Some residents in the ger district complained that the plastic bags were made for only apartment residents, as they are unsuitable for throwing out ashes and other waste from gers.
Spending large sums of money on plastic bags is absolutely unnecessary. With or without these bags, residents are fully capable of finding ways to throw out their trash. A whole stack of bags, sold for only 1,000 to 2,000 MNT and which are much sturdier than the green trash bags, would cost the state less than 6.7 billion MNT. The only thing the “Asia’s White Diva” plastic bags can do is keep the color of trash bags consistent.
According to the Ulaanbaatar City Administration, out of over 14 billion MNT reserved for trash bags, five billion MNT was spent this year and 6.7 billion MNT has been planned for next year. No matter how extravagant and wasteful the administration is, spending 6.7 billion MNT is just too much. Instead, they could spend this money on establishing new hospitals, schools, and kindergartens, which are more urgently needed and sustainable for society. However, they chose differently. Trash has been increased under the name of these trash bags.
The distribution of trash bags is progress, as stated by the Ulaanbaatar City Administration. They say that the trash that once piled up outside fences now has bags for collection. In this manner, the administration is promoting themselves and their work, yet most residents don’t know where these “Asia’s White Diva” plastic bags are distributed from or how much is collected for them each month. This project shouldn’t be praised as advancement and innovation in waste management. In addition, it’s rumored that more colorful trash bags will be produced and more state funds and financing are required for them. Honestly, even if the budget is increased and the color is changed, a trash bag is still a trash bag. Rumor has it that then the number of trash bag manufacturers will increase as the budget increases. Anyone would agree that the number of trash bag consumers would decline rather than increase.
Here are some of the complaints from city residents about the green trash bags:
Only 15 bags are distributed every month. They are insufficient and very fragile. In the winter, they rip easily. It’s impossible to put ashes or cinder in them. Households in ger districts have all sorts of waste and thin plastic bags can’t contain them. Plastic bags aren’t good for the environment and yet, hundreds of plastic bags are being distributed and making more trash. Simply put, it’s a forced business. It’s better if households manage their own trash bags.
It seems that most residents aren’t interested in using these flimsy bags. The residents are more interested in finding out why the city administrators hope to continue manufacturing them and changing their color.

Source: Uls Turiin Toim

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