Ipoh City Council (MBI) has plans to complete distributing about 23,000 free rubbish bins to residents by the end of the year.
Mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said the bins would be distributed in stages to allow ratepayers to properly discard their rubbish.
The city council, he added, would distribute 8,000 bins in the city this year while Majuperak Utilities Management Sdn Bhd would give out about 10,700 units in Meru.
“Majuperak Utilities Management has also given out about 5,000 bins to Manjoi folk.
“We are distributing 1,150 bins to the people here in Bandar Baru Putra,” he told reporters after the presentation ceremony.
Majuperak Utilities Management was appointed by Perak government to implement waste management services in Meru Raya in December last year.
The company’s service includes providing wheeled rubbish bins installed with RFID chips to residents in the area.
Rumaizi said he hoped people would place their rubbish bags in bins instead of leaving them out in the open as they attracted stray animals that would scatter the rubbish around.
“We hope people will put these bins to good use,” he said, adding that between 500 and 600 tonnes of waste was collected daily.
“It is our aim to make Ipoh the cleanest city in Malaysia by 2030,” he said.
Rumaizi also called on all private rubbish collector concessionaires to be mindful during collections in residential areas.
He said the initial collection procedure was problem-free until its operations were changed, which caused residents to complain.
Rumaizi was asked to comment on complaints that some collectors placed all rubbish bags in one spot before they were picked up by the trucks.
Some trucks do not pick up the bags on time, which makes them a target for stray animals that tear the bags and scatter the rubbish inside.
The city council has also placed 36 units of 660-litre mild steel bins in 12 areas for better rubbish collection.
These areas include Kampung Pasir Puteh, Kampung Ulu Kuang, Kampung Baru Tambun, Kampung Baru Changkat Kinding, Kampung Manikuty South Ward, Kampung Pengkalan Pegoh, Kampung Sungai Rokam and Kampung Baru Simpang Pulai.
Separately, Rumaizi launched a tree-planting ceremony at D.R. Seenivasagam Park as part of the state government’s Perak Bumi Lestari programme.
He said the aim was to plant 100,000 shaded trees as part of MBI’s aim to turn Ipoh into a low carbon city by 2030.
“Our target is to plant the trees in recreational parks and reserved land as well as along roadsides,” he said, adding that MBI had received suggestions to reintroduce nature in the city.