Taking illegal dumping seriously

Marshel (second left) and his team members showing a sample of the banner that will be placed at illegal dump sites in Seberang Prai.

SEBERANG Prai City Council is offering cash rewards to those who provide relevant information about litterbugs.

Councillor P. David Marshel said MBSP would give out RM100 to those who provide photos or information that can help them track down the perpetrators.

“Help us detect perpetrators who throw trash indiscriminately.

“Those found guilty of throwing rubbish at non-designated areas can be fined up to RM2,000 under the Local Government Act.

“Let us ensure our city is clean and safe all the time, ” he said.

Marshel said after the success of MBSP’s anti-littering signboards that liken litterbugs to monkeys, it has ‘relaunched’ the project by putting up such banners at 150 illegal dumping sites.

He said the ‘Monkey Banner 2.0’ project was launched on May 1 to remind the public not to dispose of waste illegally.

“We have identified 150 illegal dumping sites which produce 15 tonnes of rubbish a week on the mainland.

“When we had banners with the caricature of a monkey and the sentence ‘Only foolish people will throw trash everywhere’ in 2016, it proved to be effective in reducing the dumping of rubbish illegally.

“We are bringing it back, where the MBSP Town Planning Department will put up the banners at 150 illegal dumping sites.

“We will monitor the effectiveness of this project for three months, ” he said adding that the banners cost RM7,000.

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