CEJ Naimat Khan, Ayesha Mir, Nosheen Hussain and Usman Ghani

Every day Karachi churns out at least 12,000 metric tons of trash – out of which more than 25 per cent is not disposed of properly despite the six district municipal corporations and 13 other civic agencies working to get rid of it.

With a population of nearly 22 million, most of the city’s garbage is dumped in water bodies such as nullahs or used to mark encroachment property, a reporting team at the CEJ learnt.

Trash it

Garbage collection and disposal in Karachi is a complicated task, which is now overseen by the Sindh Solid Waste Management Board. Its main responsibility is to coordinate with the city’s 19 civic agencies to pick up the trash from their respective areas and take it to one of the six Garbage Transfer Stations (GTS).

In the South and East districts, the collection and transit was outsourced to a Chinese firm, Wuzung, in October 2016.

Besides the Chinese company and civic agencies, trash in Karachi is also collected by Afghan scavengers - who, according to a survey by the CEJ team, pick nearly 1,100 tons of garbage every day.

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Civic Agencies

The onus of trash collection rests with the 19 civic agencies functioning in Karachi. How do they operate?

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Wuzung

This Chinese firm was hired to give the city's streets a facelift. Has it succeeded?

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Afghan Scavengers

A helping hand or adding to the mess?

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