PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) plans to expand its recycling programme next year to ensure the 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) concept is fully practised.
Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain said to ensure the recycling rate increases from 10% to 22% next year, MBPJ would extend the waste separation programme throughout the city, especially in residential areas.
He saidt the generated waste could be used optimally as raw material for industrial activities or for production of reusable products.
“Starting next year, MBPJ will equip each household in Petaling Jaya with a 120l-capacity rubbish bin for free.
“MBPJ will also increase the number of recycling centres to facilitate the demand as well as expand its functions to create a 3R gallery,” he said.
He also said the gallery would exhibit the practices and products of recycling.
“Currently MBPJ is setting up a food waste treatment centre in SS2 with a two-tonne capacity as a solution to the food waste problem created by the flea market and food court stalls in the area,” he added.
Mohd Azizi said this in his speech during the opening of the Petaling Jaya Waste Summit 2016 programme at the Civic Centre yesterday.
He disclosed that the city council had allocated RM66mil in its 2017 Budget for solid waste management and public cleaning services across the city.
A sum of RM12mil from the total allocation is set aside for tipping fees for garbage disposal, he added.
“A cost reduction of RM1.4mil is possible if the public cooperate with MBPJ to implement the waste separation programme,” he said.
At the event, MBPJ handed out awards in categories – the outstanding contractor award and “Unsung Hero” to individuals who actively contribute to solid waste management and public cleansing.
Mzar Gemilang Resources, Supian Resources, NTE Trading Services, Delima Sejagat Sdn Bhd and Ainur Khadijah Enterprise won the outstanding contractor award 2016.
This year’s “Unsung Hero” award went to Lim Huat Neo and Nora Ada Shukor from PJU 5, Zahabu Ramli Dollah from PJU 10, Wong Yin Choo from SS 20 and Anizam Samsuddin from Kampung Selamat.