A WASTE separation and recycling project will be carried out effective May 8, in Section 11, Petaling Jaya.
The project aims to get residents to separate their recyclable and non-recyclable waste.
The recyclable waste will be placed in large, clear plastic bags and collected by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) contractor once a week.
The project was initiated by councillor Lim Yi Wei and Bukit Gasing assemblyman R. Rajiv, with the help of MBPJ’s Solid Waste Management and Public Cleaning Department (JPSPPA) and Section 11 Residents Association (RA).
“Each household will be given a plastic bag to place recyclable items such as paper, plastic, glass and metal.
“We are using only one type of plastic bag as we want to make it easier for residents to take up this practice,” said Lim.
Rajiv said the collection of recyclables would be done on Monday mornings.
New plastic bags will be placed in letter boxes for the following week’s collection.
“This doesn’t affect the normal domestic waste collection, which is done thrice weekly.
“We will work with the Section 11 RA to get more households to join this project and create a more environmentally-friendly community,” he said.
Section 11 RA committee member VT Doshi said MBPJ previously had a similar project along one street in Section 11.
“Some residents found it difficult to keep track of the collection day.
“Now that it is being done in the entire neighbourhood, it will be easier for everyone to make it a habit,” said Doshi.
There are about 370 landed properties in Section 11, comprising a mix of terrace houses and bungalows.
Lim said Section 11 was not the first neighbourhood in Petaling Jaya to implement the waste separation and recycling project. Damansara Kim (SS20) was the first to do it.
“In addition, those who regularly recycle their waste, among other green initiatives, will be entitled to a rebate of up to RM500 for their assessment tax,” she said, adding that MBPJ officers would keep track of households that actively took part in the project for the rebate entitlement.
Rajiv said they would keep track of the progress of the project, and work on issues that needed to be addressed.
JPSPPA assistant environmental health officer Marini Mohammad said MBPJ usually ran such projects for a month, and later provide yellow bins to households that actively recycled.
Earlier, MBPJ officials and RA members distributed flyers with information on the project and plastic bags to residents.
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