Council aping its earlier anti-littering success

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  • Friday, 05 Jun 2015

Bearing fruit: A tourist walking down the steps that has a warning for litterbugs in the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple area in Bayan Lepas.

GEORGE TOWN: More anti-littering signboards that compare litterbugs to monkeys may be put up on the mainland.

Several such signboards installed earlier seem to have helped reduce littering in the areas.

Rubbish at the illegal dumpsites have been greatly reduced, according to Seberang Prai municipal councillor David Marshel.

“The signboards have had a great impact on litterbugs,” he said.

“I will propose that more be put up in Seberang Prai.”

The initial four signboards were a trial run that ends June 23.

They were placed in Taman Kepar, Taman Inderawasih, Taman Teluk Indah and Chai Leng Park.

Marshel said Taman Kepar was notorious for the illegal dumping of refuse.

“We used to collect nearly one tonne of rubbish there each week,” he said.

To get the litterbugs to stop, the dumpsite was cleaned and decorated with potted plants. Closed-circuit TV cameras were also set up.

This reduced the amount of rubbish that was thrown there by between 100 and 200kg, said Marshel.

“After the signboards went up, people stopped throwing rubbish there,” he said.

On the island, a souvenir stall owner at the Ban Ka Lan Snake Temple in Bayan Lepas said signs comparing litterbugs to monkeys were effective.

Sim Siang Chuan, 50, said three were put up by him at the staircase leading to the temple in February and “littering has been reduced by about 90%”.

Many tourists and locals visiting the temple used to litter, he said.

“I am happy my idea worked,” he said, adding that the chairman of the temple board gave him permission to put up the signboards.

In English, Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia, the signs read “Only monkey throw rubbish”.

The initiative seems to be catching on. A banner with a similar message was spotted at a Rukun Tetangga neighbourhood watch centre in Bayan Baru.

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