MORE than 4,500 employees from waste management concessionaire SWM Environment Sdn Bhd will be on standby during Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Johor to ensure smooth rubbish collection.
Its corporate general manager Mohd Norlisam Mohd Nordin said 4,586 employees and 907 rubbish trucks would be deployed to various locations under 15 local councils until May 15.
“Do note that the rubbish collection schedule will be brought forward by a day during that period to cater to the increase in rubbish volume in conjunction with the festive celebrations.
“For example, if an area’s original rubbish collection schedule is on May 9, it will be brought forward to May 8, and if your area’s collection date falls on May 10, it will be collected on May 9, ” he said in a press conference before a buka puasa session with the media.
Mohd Norlisam said the rescheduling was part of the concessionaire’s measures to ensure staff on duty who celebrated Hari Raya, could spend quality time with their families without compromising waste collection efforts.
Besides highly populated areas, he said they would also focus on 40 areas in the state with high-rise residences and people’s housing projects which have bulk waste collection.
Other cleaning activities such as road sweeping would go on as usual throughout the festive period while grass cutting and drain cleaning efforts on the first and second day of Hari Raya have been rescheduled and would resume on May 16, he added.
Mohd Norlisam reminded residents to continue separating their household waste for recycling to reduce the burden on landfills.
“I hope the public can also reduce wastage during the festive celebrations, especially on food and food packaging, ” he said.
SWM Environment can be reached at 1-800-88-7472 or 012-6180 082 (WhatsApp).
Both numbers will be operating throughout the festive period.