IPOH City Council officers will be stationed at all 19 wet markets in the city to nab litterbugs who dump rubbish during the Chinese New Year period.
Datuk Bandar Datuk Zamri Man said the officers will be monitoring and ensuring the cleanliness of the markets, which are popular locations for people to improperly dump their rubbish.
“I understand that prior to festivities, many people will clean up at their homes. In some cases, the rubbish they gather will be thrown at the nearest market’s rubbish colletion point, making the area look like a landfill,” he told reporters after attending a Chinese New Year gathering at the city council headquarters on Thursday.
“We will fine these litterbugs on the spot and also give them free ‘publicity’ in newspapers or news portals,” he said.
“Our enforcement officers, both uniform and plain-cloth, will also be doing their rounds at hotspots for illegal dumpsites,” he added.
Zamri (pic below) said between 20 to 30 officers will be on rotation to monitor the markets in order to ensure people do not dump rubbish.
He said the city council collects some 800 tonnes of rubbish daily during festive occassions, compared with about 500 tonnes on normal days.
“An extra five tonnes of rubbish is collected just from each market daily during festive periods,” he said.
“Examples of the type of rubbish found at market rubbish-collection points include construction material, furniture, and food products,” he added.
Zamri said the city council has a list of contractors who take care of bulk rubbish disposal, including garden waste.
“The people should call these contractors and pay for the services,” he said, adding that the council will also have day-long clean-ups in wet markets to ensure they are clean.
“All traders are required to clean their stalls during the clean-up. We will also loan extra equipment like backhoes and wheeled rubbish bins for the purposes,” he said.