Collection of recyclables in two areas starts today

THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) will be collecting waste for its segregation at source programme from houses in Island Park and Taman Guan Joo Seng every Wednesday.

Its Urban Services Department director Mubarak Junus said the council would provide a collection service for recyclables from landed households from today.

“Residents here must leave their waste outside their homes which will then be collected by our contractors at 2pm.

“The service will involve about 1,000 households in the two areas,” he said at the launching of the segregation at source programme in Taman Guan Joo Seng, Penang, on Saturday.

State waste management unit head Oon Lai Kuan said even though the state had come up with by-laws on waste segregation and licensing of recyclers, a certain amount of time would be given to residents before enforcement takes place.

He revealed that Penang was the first in the country’s recycling rate.

“The national average or targeted recycling rate by 2020 is 20%. At present, Penang has already achieved a recycling rate of 32%.”

Meanwhile, state Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the state wanted to encourage the spirit of volunteerism in segregating their recyclables at source rather than through enforcement.

“Managing waste constitutes 40% to 50% of the council’s budget. If the segregation at source is successful, then we will have another programme to recycle kitchen waste.

“If successful, we will work on composting kitchen waste in the future,” he said.

Domestic waste collection by the council in landed housing areas will be maintained at 4pm to 7pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Bulk waste and garden waste will be collected from 8am to 5pm except on Wednesday evenings and Sundays.

For enquiries call, Paper Plane Sdn Bhd at 04-2824500 (24 hours), the MBPP hotline at 04-2637637 (24 hours) or the council’s service department at 04-2633000 (office hours).

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