Klang council sees increase in garden waste, too

An MPK worker clearing garden waste left outside a house in Klang.

Families who have been keeping their house compound clean by cutting grass and pruning trees since the movement control order (MCO) took effect, are contributing to an increase in garden waste.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) is providing some dos and don’ts to ease the burden of rubbish collection workers who are already dealing with the increase in domestic waste during this period.

Its environmental services director Zaireezal Ahmad Zainuddin said private contractors engaged by the council noted that a number of landed residential properties were discarding tree branches and bags of cut grass.

“The council would like people to cut the tree branches into shorter lengths and have them tied up in bundles.

“Grass and leaves should be packed in rubbish bags to make it easier for the workers to collect,” he said.

Last month, Zaireezal said, 19.1 tonnes of rubbish were collected in Klang, including garden waste.

“Since the MCO began on March 18, our statistics on domestic waste does not give a full picture of the increase in rubbish.

“Based on observation, we found that one large rubbish bag is now full compared to the half or three quarter-filled bags collected before the MCO,” he said.

Zaireezal advised people not to discard vegetable, fruit peels, tea bags, coffee grounds, and even dried leaves into rubbish bins but instead use them for composting.

“I hope people will pick up composting as an alternative to reduce waste in landfills.

“If kitchen waste goes towards composting, it will be an added bonus for the council in seeing less waste transported to the Jeram landfill in Kuala Selangor,” he said. Zaireezal assured ratepayers that collection of domestic and bulk waste would continue as usual.

He believed that the increase in domestic waste was more evident at the end of the month when people would throw out more empty cans, bottles, food wrappings and cardboard boxes.

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