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Refuse run-off plagues push for orderly reform

Rancid garbage and polluted wastewater are common sights on the streets of Myanmar's commercial centre, and while tourists may complain of the sight and stench, the toll is worse on local residents

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  • Newspaper section: Spectrum
  • Writer: Saw Yan Naing
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Guidebooks will say Yangon is most famous for the beautiful Shwedagon Pagoda, a sacred Buddhist site and major tourist attraction. But bring your eyes down from the towering golden spires to the streets, and the view can be somewhat less appealing. 

RANCID RUBBISH: Piles of refuse remain uncollected in an alleyway behind Yangon’s 48th Street.

Some say it is smelly, some say it is busy, while others say it is expensive. But all agree Myanmar's main commercial city is dirty. In the city centre it is common to see people tossing rubbish on the street, spitting betel nut juice onto the footpath, discarding leftover food in alleyways and urinating on the roadside.

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