VISITORS to the Old Town commercial centre in Petaling Jaya will have less reason to litter with the placement of 25 bins along Jalan 1/14 and Jalan 1/12.
With a capacity of about 40l, the green and yellow bins mounted on steel structures are spaced about 50m apart.
The bins are emptied by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) cleaning contractors every morning and seem to be serving their purpose so far.
“Judging by the rubbish collected every morning, the bins are being well-utilised,” said MBPJ councillor Terence Tan during a site visit.
Tan added it was a pilot project and if all goes well, it would be extended to other parts of Petaling Jaya by Chinese New Year next year.
For now, only two streets in Old Town have the bins and apart from the cost of buying and installing them, there are no other costs involved.
Tan urged the public to stop littering and make full use of the bins provided.
Bukit Gasing assemblyman R Rajiv bought the bins totalling RM9,000 from his allocation.
“We want to curb littering as you can often see bottles, tissue, cigarette butts or even parking tickets littering Old Town,” he said.
Rajiv added although there was still rubbish strewn around, the situation had improved.
He hoped to expand it to other commercial areas including Section 14, Section 17, Section 52, Section 8 and Section 5.
“I hope MBPJ will consider implementing this citywide so we can curb littering,” he said.
Apart from this, Rajiv is also pushing for the free call and collect bulk and garden waste collection service to be implemented in his constituency.
At the moment, only SS1 residents are enjoying the service which is in the pilot project phase.
“Call and collect services should be implemented citywide to stop illegal dumping,” he said.
Without the call and collect service, residents have to physically visit the council, make a booking and pay RM150 for a three-tonne lorry.
If the lorry is too small to fit all the waste, residents will have to repeat the process again.