‘No bins’ excuse a load of rubbish

Stern warning: Council senior health assistant officer Arul Selven (middle) advising a man to get a proper rubbish bin during Ops Bersih at Lorong Toh Aka and Lebuh Melayu in George Town.

OWNERS of 61 premises in the George Town heritage enclave were warned for being litterbugs.

The Penang Island City Council issued them notices for not having proper rubbish bins and for throwing garbage everywhere.

Urban Services Department director Mubarak Junus said one habitual offender was given a RM250 compound on the first day of ‘Ops Bersih’ along Lorong Toh Aka and Lebuh Melayu yesterday.

“The owners failed to place rubbish bins outside their premises. We want to remind them that they cannot dump rubbish anywhere,” he said.

The owners have 14 days to comply with the bylaw on rubbish bins.

Ops Bersih was conducted by the council’s three departments — Licensing, Enforcement and Urban Services.

“We also informed the owners on the rubbish collection time,” Mubarak said.

Rubbish is collected from 5pm to 5am every day for domestic waste and 8am to 5pm every day except Sundays for garden and bulk waste.

He also advised the public to put all domestic waste into a plastic bag before placing it in a bin outside their premises.

At the Town Hall in Esplanade earlier, Public Health Standing Committee alternate chairman Ong Ah Teong said Ops Bersih was to monitor 11 hotspots through an existing CCTV system.

The operation on illegal rubbish dumping will be carried out every Monday to Thursday while food premises will be checked every Friday from 9am to noon.

Ong said the Anti-Litter Squad would make their rounds every Friday until Sunday from 6pm to 9pm.

“As of May 24, over RM15,000 in fines has been collected in 18 operations,” he said.

The council checked six areas from April 17 including Esplanade, Gurney drive, Queensbay, Batu Ferringhi, Komtar, and Bukit Jambul.

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