More waste expected to be generated during Raya


Mohd Zan (left) and Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation Sdn Bhd Johor director Cairul Hisham Jalaluddin (second from left) at the press conference in Bangunan Dato Jaafar Muhammad, Kota Iskandar.

ISKANDAR PUTERI: SWM Environment Sdn Bhd (SWM Environment) is expecting an increase of 20% metric tonnes of solid waste during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri period.

SWM Environment southern region manager Mohd Zan Arris said the concessionaire usually collected up to 4,000 metric tonnes of household waste per day but that the figure increases during every festive season.

He, however, pointed out that SWM Environment recorded a 30% drop in solid waste colleced during the movement control order (MCO) period, between March 18 and April 30.

“We usually see more waste collected during the festive period.

“We have outlined a strategy to ensure a smooth system of waste collection during the Hari Raya period, ” he said at a press conference in Bangunan Dato Jaafar Muhammad in Kota Iskandar here.

He assured the public that the concessionaire had sufficient manpower to handle waste collection.

“Our operations will continue as usual during the festive period, ” he said, adding that 25% of the total 4,500 SWM Environment staff will be working on the first day of Raya.

“We have about 60 locations in Johor Baru and Iskandar Puteri where waste will be collected regularly to prevent overflow.

“The public must ensure their rubbish bins are placed properly and our waste collectors have easy access to them, ” he said.

Mohd Zan said the public with complaints pertaining to waste collection can contact SWM Environment hotline at 1-800-88-7472, WhatsApp 012-618 0082 or visit swmresponz@smwsb.com.

He added that SWM Environment had recorded an increase of 27% of recyclable waste during the MCO period, from 60,000 metric tonnes in March to 100,000 metric tonnes in April.

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