No compounds as body seeks to promote waste separation at source

Dr Daroyah (second from left) and Mohd Zahir planting a papaya tree at the Pekan Kepong PPR community garden during the launch of the programme.

SOME 7,000 premises in Kuala Lumpur were inspected by Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) for compliance with separation at source for solid waste this year, but no compounds were issued.

SWCorp Federal Territories director Mohd Zahir Shari reminded the people to adopt and continue with the practice, especially in states bound by the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007 (Act 672) where it is an offence not to separate solid waste.

The Act extends to those living in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Pahang, Johor, Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Perlis and Kedah.

Mohd Zahir said the law was not strictly enforced for now as the statutory body preferred to work towards promoting the habit among residents.

“The compound was just RM50 in the past and was increased to RM500 effective September 1,2020.

“But we have not issued any compounds yet as we want to continue encouraging the public to practise separation at the source, ” he said, highlighting that part of the reason was because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on livelihoods.

“This year in Kuala Lumpur alone, we have inspected, engaged and followed up on about 7,000 premises and found that most had adhered to the regulation, ” he said at the launch of the Upcycling, Trash to Cash programme and community garden activity at Pekan Kepong People’s Housing Project (PPR).

“We are trying to push stratified building managements to ensure their residents comply with the law.”

He added that the Trash to Cash programme was one of the ways to engage stakeholders while rewarding residents.

SWCorp chairman Dr Daroyah Alwi, who launched the programme, said getting youth involved in improving waste management could instil a sense of responsibility for the environment.

Mohd Zahir noted that youth at Pekan Kepong PPR had been helping households with senior citizens separate their waste.

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