Plastic ban in Miri next year

Council will lead the way in limiting the use of plastic products.

MIRI: Miri City Council (MCC) has put its foot down and will ban the use of plastic products starting from Jan 1, 2018.

Mayor Adam Yii said the council would push for the replacement of shopping and garbage bags and food containers with biodegradable alternatives.

“The council will lead the way with a plastic audit on MCC office on Sept 1,” he made the announcement during the full council meeting.

“The plastic products used within the council will be minimised and substituted with biodegradable alternatives wherever possible.

He said in the mean time, supermarkets and manufacturers would be aided with the transition to biodegradable products.

“We need public support in this matter, as in the public’s demand for biodegradable plastic products,” said Yii.

On another matter, Yii highlighted that the council would from now on allocate at least two hours per week to inspect places and amenities they managed.

“This is to monitor the facilities and ensure that the delivery of the services by contractors is up to expectation, be it the cleanliness of public toilets and markets or the display of licences at food outlets.

“All departments and committees need to be fully prepared for this,” he said.

The council has terminated the service of several contractors who were involved in grass cutting and drain cleaning services in 16 zones across Miri due to poor performance.

Yii said the council would not hesitate to terminate the service non-performing contractors.

Meanwhile, it was brought up that the council had come up with a “Wall of Shame” for assessment defaulters.

“The Wall of Shame will consist of two lists, the first list contains the names of the top 10 defaulters with the highest arrears while the other lists out the old properties.

“The arrears have amounted to RM1.5mil.

“We will continuously review the lists on a monthly basis and they will be updated once payments are settled,” said Yii.

On city infrastructure, councillor Abdullah Jaini said the upgrade of safety features at the Pujut 7 and 5C road junctions received good public feedback.

Yii said that the upgrade was a joint effort involving Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting and the Pujut Resident Committee (RC) joint chairmen Peter Chia and Bhagwan Singh, who are also councillors.

Yii added that a competition to make sculptures from recyclable materials, which was jointly organised by MCC Local Agenda 21 in collaboration with the Malaysia Youth Parliament, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Sotus Team Community Youth Club, Pustaka Miri and the Education Department, was ongoing.

The competition is open to all primary and secondary students as well as higher learning institutions in Sarawak.

The closing date to submit the entry form to LA21 section of MCC is Sept 8, 2017.

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