More Shame for Madang

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As if street crime isn’t enough to deal with, there is another festering problem in Madang that has been stinking more and more.

When your rubbish is picked up (if it actually is  ever picked up), where do you expect it to go? It has to go somewhere. The Garbage Fairies don’t just come along and gobble it up.

Well, surprise, surprise!  Here is where it’s going:

Filth and pestilence gathering at the edge of Madang

I bet that you though the same as I:  We have a land fill.  That’s where all the rubbish is supposed to go.

Well, yes, we do have a land fill. What it looks like to me is that so much crap has been dropped along the narrow dirt road that leads to it that the trucks can’t get to it now. I’d like to have a stern talk with whoever is responsible for looking out for the tip and see what he has to say for himself. Let’s see . . . what would be an appropriate punishment . . . hmmmm . . .

As I was driving up to Nagada this morning, I actually caught a Madang Town Council clamshell garbage truck dumping its stinky load half on the road. I tried to get turned around quick enough to get a photo of the jerk, but I was too slow.

Patience pays off. A few minutes later another gang of loonies came along and were happy to have their photos taken. I can’t state positively that the load is garbage and I didn’t stick around to watch them unload it, but you can draw your own conclusions.

A fresh load of garbage for the pit of filth along the road to Madang

The minute I got back to the office and told Eunie, she was on the phone to somebody – who, I don’t know. God works in mysterious ways. If anybody can get some action, I suppose she can.
More filth for Madang

Am I crazy or is this a really bad idea?

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4 Responses to “More Shame for Madang”

  1. Malum Nalu Says:

    This just goes to show the pathetic non-caring attitude of Papua New Guineans when it comes to cleanliness.

  2. MadDog Says:

    Though I’m in a mood to agree with you after seeing that mess, I would not want to paint all Papua New Guineans with the same brush. Some areas of town are kept quite neat and tidy, even some of the settlements. I’ve lived in villages that were filthy and ones that were clean. I think that the problem has more to do with ‘public areas’ where nobody feels responsibility for sanitation. It is also true that you can go to almost any city in the world and find areas of squalor.

  3. Francesca Verrill Says:

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  4. MadDog Says:

    Thanks, Francesca. I’m not sure ‘expert’ is the word for me. I’ve just lived here for a long time; it’s my home. I’m probably now more Papua New Guinean than American. Like all responsible locals, I’m concerned about the quality of life in our community.

    And, you certainly don’t need permission to get an RSS feed. I only hope you get as much pleasure from reading Madang – Ples Bilong Mi  as I get from producing it.