KDEB Waste Management plans to double the volume of recyclable waste collected in areas under Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) at its recycling centre in Bandar Bukit Puchong.
“Within five months of operations, we’ve had 13 to 18 lorries sending five to six tonnes of recyclable waste here per day.
“We hope to increase that amount to 10 tonnes per day soon, ” said KDEB Waste Management managing director Ramli Mohd Tahir.
“We now have 77 compactors and 62 roll-on, roll-off rubbish collection lorries within MBSJ.
“Our goal is to have between 30 and 40 of those trucks sending recyclable waste to the centre.
“We urge all ratepayers to practise separation at source. Recyclables need to be separated from non-recyclable waste.
“Our lorries will make their rounds to houses, shops and selected industrial premises to collect the waste and send whatever can be recycled to the centre.”
Ramli was speaking after the launch of KDEB’s recycling centre in Bandar Bukit Puchong by Selangor local government, public transportation and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han.
The centre is a collaboration with MBSJ, which allocated 1.8ha land, and Primahir Sdn Bhd that operates the centre and processes the recyclable waste.
“Our lorries will drop off items such as plastic bottles, aluminium cans, paper and cardboard to the centre, which will then be weighed and segregated by Primahir, ” Ramli said, adding that the centre also accepted e-waste.
“This is the second KDEB recycling centre established in Selangor, with the first located in Meru under a collaboration with the Klang Municipal Council.
“Having such centres will help address environmental issues, particularly illegal dumping, ” he said.
In welcoming the collaboration, Ng said it would be ideal if similar efforts were done at all local councils in Selangor.
He said a total of 7,000 tonnes of waste is produced and sent to landfills daily in Selangor.
“That figure is expected to increase and it will be a problem as we won’t have enough landfill space to accommodate the increasing volume.
“Practising recycling and composting organic waste are just some of the ways we can reduce waste sent to landfills, ” added Ng.
Subang Jaya mayor Noraini Roslan said more drastic action is needed to increase the recycling rate across all sectors, including households, businesses and industrial operators.
“Perhaps the state government could consider making it mandatory for waste separation at source.
“Currently, seven neighbourhoods comprising 3,000 households are participating voluntarily in a waste separation at source
programme under MBSJ, ” said Noraini, adding that she hoped to increase the number of participating neighbourhoods.
She added that MBSJ could get strata management companies to encourage waste separation at source within their properties by offering incentives before making the practice mandatory.
Ramli said residents nearby could drop off their recyclable waste in person at the centre which is located at Jalan BP4/1, Puchong.
It is located next to MBSJ’s Integrated Biomass Centre, where residents can also drop off their organic waste to be processed into compost.