OUR homes have unwanted items waiting to be discarded, but often these things can be fixed, refurbished or cleaned up to be another person’s treasure.
Old washing machines, among other electrical products, photo frames and plastic containers are tossed out with the trash and end up in the landfill.
Furthering its environmental campaign, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is stepping up its waste separation project in several neighbourhoods by allocating two dedicated trucks to collect recyclable items from residential properties.
Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain and MBPJ Solid Waste Management and Public Cleaning Department director Lee Lih Shyan, will launch the two designated trucks at MBPJ’s 3R Centre in Taman Jaya today.
Mohd Azizi said getting rid of unwanted things might be a hassle and this was where MBPJ’s Solid Waste Management and Public Cleaning Department could help through its free service collecting recyclable items.
“Our aim is to encourage residents not to throw recyclable items together with domestic garbage.
“We want minimal or zero waste. With the two dedicated 10-tonne trucks offering free collection of unwanted items, we see less illegal dumping of bulk waste, longer life span for the landfill and a greener environment.
“Items that are damaged or cannot be repaired will be taken to the council’s 3R Centre in Jalan 10/7, Taman Jaya, to be recycled,” he added.
Mohd Azizi said the dedicated trucks would be painted green and fitted with speakers to announce its impending arrival, so that residents would know to gather their unwanted items and bring them out to the truck.
“Our lorries will be painted with the words ‘Recycle, Reduce, Reuse – Think before you throw’.
“The trucks will ply Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, Boulevard Residence Condominium in Kayu Ara, Jalan 16/3 in Section 16, Flats Block C, Petaling Utama in PJ South 1, Jalan 11/6 in Section 11 and Block D in 10 Boulevard, a commercial area in Kayu Ara,” he said.
He added that the selected neighbourhoods for the free collection of recyclables were the locations where the single-stream separation programme had been launched in September 2015.
“Since the single-stream recycling programme has done well, we are stepping up the green efforts with the dedicated trucks and expanding it to two streets in SS20 neighbourhood with 60 households in the initial stage. We are taking small steps in this programme as it requires a change in people’s attitude and commitment,” said Mohd Azizi.
Lee said the single-stream separation pilot project had been successful, where one bag a week was still given for free to households and business proprietors to place recyclable items.
“Since September 2015, residents in the four neighbourhoods have become familiar with the whole process of separating recyclables and putting them into one transparent plastic bag, but now we want to have more items and areas included,” he said.
He highlighted that for SS20, the council had distributed yellow plastic containers instead of plastic bags to the people for them to place their recyclable unwanted items, in order to reduce usage of plastic bags.
“We have tried out the collection method for 20 houses in SS20 and it has been going well. The people are keen on this weekly collection,” he added.