World Tunisia: The city of Sfax confronted with an accumulation of waste

04:18  06 december  2021
04:18  06 december  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Suite à la fermeture de la principale décharge, les communes n’ont plus où mettre leurs poubelles et une autre crise environnementale est en cours à Sfax. © Lilia Blaise / RFI Following the closure of the main discharge, the municipalities have no more than to put their garbage can and another environmental crisis is underway in Sfax .

In the city of Sfax, in the east of Tunisia, waste has been in the streets for two months. The reason for this ecological drama? The main discharge, about twenty kilometers, was closed at the request of the inhabitants. They have demonstrated for a right to a healthy environment in November, after years of fighting pollution and the nuisances created by the landfill method in open-air discharges. Result, the municipalities no longer have to put their garbage cans and another environmental crisis is in progress.

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with our correspondent in Tunis, Lilia Blaise

black dots ... This is how the Sfaxians call the waste that overflows with junk buckets at every corner of the city.

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Saida, 55, is used in a pastry. She does not believe her eyes. "Wherever we go, we see them, it hurts the heart, I do not know, we should burn them or find a solution. There, there are nauseous smells, mosquitoes flying around.

In the Medina of Sfax, Noomen Abdelmakoud, 65-year-old craftsman, expresses his anger. "People are fed up, it accumulates day by day. If there is not a solution soon, I think the people will explode and that we will go out in the street. " Tawfik, vegetable seller, adds: "When I see that and when I hear that neither the government nor the municipality know where to put the waste, I frankly wondering who is in charge of this country?

for AFEF Hammami Marrakachi, Professor of Environmental Law and also a member of the Associative Network Tunisia Green, the authorities must go to other waste management methods. "We know that they are looking for other sites, which these sites must be very far from the local populations, which must be negotiated and involved in the decision to install a discharge but in the long run, the strategy should change to stop with these landfills.

In the meantime, the problem is still not resolved and the main trade union strength of the country, the UGTT, decreed a general strike in the city of Sfax on December 10.

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