THE Kedah government has set its sight on becoming the first state in the country to achieve ‘zero complaint’ status for cleanliness in 2016.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said concession firms Environment Idaman Sdn Bhd (E-Idaman) and Solid Waste Corporation (SWCorp), in charge of cleanliness, have been doing a good job in ridding the state of its ‘Darul Sampah’ image.
“I hope they will upgrade their services and help the state achieve its zero complaint target. I feel we are already on our way there as there have been no complaints against E-Idaman since Hari Raya.”
He was speaking to reporters at E-Idaman’s Hari Raya open house and the opening of Wisma Idaman at Bandar Stargate in Alor Setar on Tuesday.
Also present were Alor Setar mayor Datuk Mat Noh Ahmad, E-Idaman CEO Mhd Saiful Anuar Zainal and its directors Khalid Bahsoon and Md Rijaluddin Mohd Salleh.
Mhd Saiful said the company was working closely with SWCorp to make Kedah the cleanest in the country.
“The complaints received by us recorded a drastic drop from 4,200 in 2010 to 750 last year, and as of June this year, we received only 200 complaints.
“Since taking over the solid waste and public cleanliness management in Kedah and Perlis six years ago, the company has spent RM200mil to increase its workforce to 5,800 and to buy 336 new vehicles to ensure that the services provided were always the best,” he said.
Mhd Saiful added that they opened a recycled collection centre which had been operating since early this year.
“At the moment, we can collect and process nearly four tonnes of recycled items per day. I hope we are able to increase it to 30 tonnes per day by next year.
“We are targeting a higher recycling rate of 15% for Kedah and Perlis next year from only 5% in 2013.
“We are also targeting the use of an ‘Anaerobic Digester, which can turn organic items such as food waste into usable products such as compost and biogas in Kulim next year.
“This machine has been in use in Pulau Tuba, Langkawi, since June last year with great success,” he said.