RUBBISH, whether big or small is unsightly. This is the message Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) wants to spread in its latest campaign.
“Cigarette buds, sweet wrappers and discarded receipts can be found everywhere,” said Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain at the launch of its Anti-Littering Squad in Dataran Boulevard, Section 52.
He said the situation was especially bad in five-foot ways in commercial areas.
Mohd Azizi said the squad was launched in conjunction with World Habitat Day 2018’s theme of Municipal Solid Waste Management.
He said those caught littering would be issued compound notices of between RM10 and RM1,000 by the city council.
“It all boils down to one’s attitude and we hope to be able to change the public’s mindset,” added Mohd Azizi.
The Anti-Littering Squad comprising volunteers from the German-Malaysian Institute’s Green Movers Club will also hand out anti-littering flyers at designated areas from Monday to Friday between 11.30am and 1.30pm.
At the launch, MBPJ handed over clampers to the volunteers to assist them in picking up rubbish in Section 52, Section 8 and Section 14.
Mohd Azizi hoped to see less littering at commercial areas after the three-month-long project.
The Anti-Littering Squad is among three activities organised to celebrate the day.
Other activities include a 3R market to encourage residents and staff to recycle waste, reuse or upcycle clothes and reduce trash as well as an educational trip for MBPJ staff to the Jeram Sanitary Landfill in Kuala Selangor.
World Habitat Day is a global initiative by the United Nations and is celebrated on the first Monday in October every year.