With more people cooking at home, ordering from food delivery services and doing takeaway, more household rubbish is being produced daily.
“We noticed there is an increase in domestic waste because people spend more time at home now.
“On the other hand, waste collected from commercial areas has gone down, so it somewhat balances the tonnage of waste collected every day,” said Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd (KDEB) Waste Management Sdn Bhd managing director Ramli Mohd Tahir when contacted.
He explained that there was no need to increase manpower or collection frequency yet because the situation was still under control.
This is because when a rubbish truck does its rounds, the route includes commercial areas in addition to residential neighbourhoods.
Now that there is less waste in commercial areas, it leaves a lot of room in the truck for additional waste collected from neighbourhoods.
“Because offices are closed and people are not eating out, the amount of waste produced from commercial areas has reduced,” he said.
On illegal dumping, he said there were still some private land being used as a dumping ground for construction and industrial waste.
“Since the order, for domestic waste so far we have only received one report of illegal dumping in Puchong,” he said.
Selangor local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han also advised residents to give their full cooperation to rubbish collectors.
“Please park your vehicles properly and make sure that it does not block or restrict access for the rubbish truck when collecting waste,” he said.
With a majority of the people home, there has been a significant increase in cars parked on the road compared to normal working days when the trucks come by after most residents have gone to work.
This makes it difficult for the trucks to manoeuvre past.
“Separating your rubbish and tying it up properly in bags will make it easier and provide for smoother rubbish collection,” he said.
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