JOHOR BARU: Prices of recyclable waste have dropped significantly since the implementation of the control movement order (MCO) on March 18.
Waste collector Abdul Fatah Kathha, 60, attributed the drop to an increase in volume of items and recyclable waste produced throughout the MCO period.
He said since most people stayed at home and went out only when necessary, they generated more waste such as paper, plastic packaging, cans and other items.
“These are from items bought online and food deliveries,’’ Abdul Fatah said when met at the dumpsite in Kampung Pasir, Tampoi here.
He said before the MCO, he would collect the scrap metal and recyclables on alternate days but now goes daily due to higher volume.
He said he separated the waste at source to make it easier to sell them.
Abdul Fatah said before he could get about RM0.70 sen per kg for scrap metal but now could only get about RM0.40 sen per kg.
He said plastic bottles fetched RM0.40 sen now compared to RM0.60 per kg previously.
Another collector, Abdullah Mahmod, 52, said he could sell aluminium cans at RM4 per kg before but now at only RM3.
“Before March 18, we could easily find cans and other items strewn about at roadsides and parks but not anymore as people were staying indoors.
He said prices of parts and components made from copper, including wiring had dropped from RM23 per kg to RM19. — By ZAZALI MUSA
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