Recycling the way to go

JOHOR BARU: Many households in Johor are now practising the 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) concept of as part of their daily life due to better awareness.

Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation Sdn Bhd (SWCorp) Johor director Cairul Hisham Jalaluddin said a majority of residents supported the mandatory separation of solid waste at source.

Recycling plastic bottles, paper and aluminium cans should be part and parcel of our daily lives. — FilepicRecycling plastic bottles, paper and aluminium cans should be part and parcel of our daily lives. — Filepic

The mandatory waste separation began simultaneously on Sept 1, 2015, in Johor, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Pahang, Negri Sembilan and Kedah.

“Hopefully, we could start up the 3R programmes and activities again, once the conditional movement control order (CMCO) is lifted,’’ he said.

On the volume of recyclable waste collected in Johor, Cairul said it generally showed an upward trend.

A total of 96,657kg of recyclable waste was collected in January, and 98,181kg in February, before dropping to 82,515kg in March. However, the volume last month increased substantially, to 123,073kg.

He attributed the decline in the volume of recyclable waste in March to the implementation of phase one of the movement control order (MCO), from March 18 to March 30.

“People were staying home and limiting their trips due to the restricted movement,’’ said Cairul.

He said from March 18 to April 30, the volume of recyclable waste collected was 176,380kg or a 27.4% recycling rate.

Cairul said it was a positive sign as households in Johor continue to practise the 3R concept despite most of them having to stay at home during the MCO.

“Waste separation at source should continue even during the MCO and each of us has a role to play to continue separating rubbish at our home,’’ he said.

Cairul said contractors appointed to collect recyclable waste would continue to do so from homes once a week according to their collection schedules.

He advised residents to leave out their recyclables before 8am to be collected.

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