SIBU: With the support of the local communities, the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) has managed to reduce the volume of wastes to be disposed of at the public landfill by 3.28% last year compared with 2013.
SMC chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King told the full council meeting yesterday that last year a total of 45,995 tonnes of wastes were disposed of at Kemuyang Sanitary landfill which was 1,509 tonnes less than the 47,505 tonnes in 2013.
“Most of the people are very supportive of the green initiatives led by the council. We have success in recycling activities, say no to Styrofoam, collection of used cooking oil, segregation of household waste, installation of grease traps at food outlets and garbage enzyme,” he added.
The council, he said, took the reduction positively as it was partly contributed by the efforts of all sectors in recycling.
Separately, he said, the council had issued many notices to stop work on illegal structure on residential and commercial properties.
Under the Sarawak Building Ordinance 1994, he said, property owners were disallowed from building illegal structures such as ventilation paths or open space, fencing up of open space five footways or government land.
On vector control, Tiong said the council would not hesitate to issue compounds of RM500 each to people caught breeding mosquitoes in the premises and that it would not entertain any appeal for leniency.
The council’s health inspectors, he said, were doing their daily surveillance activity on the matter.
Meanwhile, he regretted that a councillor had recently issued press statement without the approval from the chairman or deputy chairman.
“Recently, we found a councillor making publicity of his routine inspections by sending photographs to the local press in his personal capacity without council knowledge. I would like to remind all councillors not to make use of his or her routine obligations as councillors for personal publicity and personal agenda,” he said.
Without naming the said councillor, he made it clear that any publicity on council issues should be made by the chairman or deputy chairman as the spokesperson for the team to avoid misunderstanding and misreportings.