Ipoh’s waste collection services cut to twice a week

Nolee Ashilin giving out petrol vouchers to food delivery riders. - RONNIE CHIN/The Star

DOMESTIC waste collection services in most housing areas in Ipoh will be reduced to two days a week for up to five weeks starting today, following a surge of Covid-19 cases among concessionaire workers.

Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said Ipoh City Council would release the new schedule for the collection services soon.

“If the collection services are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, it is most likely that there will be no collection on the second day,” he told reporters after launching the city council’s free bulk and garden waste collection services.

It was reported that rubbish collection and cleaning services in Ipoh would be affected after workers from LTC Alam Bersih Sdn Bhd tested positive for Covid-19.

Rumaizi said almost half of the concessionaire’s workforce comprising foreign workers tested positive and were currently undergoing self-quarantine.

“We have asked the concessionaire to vaccinate their workers.

“They need to wait about 21 days to get their second dose and it could take about five weeks before the collection process can return to normal,” he revealed.

Rumaizi urged the public to continue putting their household waste into rubbish bins to avoid it being rummaged by stray animals.

He added that the city council also launched its free bulk and garden waste collection services to be carried out once a month at all residential areas.

“All leaves, grass and small items must be put inside a plastic bag and tied up.

“Branches and twigs as well as unwanted furniture must be cut, arranged properly and tied up,” he said, adding that big tree trunks would not be collected.

Separately, Perak local government committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said four delivery riders’ relax and restoration kiosks in the city had been built with three more nearing completion.

She said the seven kiosks, which cost about RM500,000, was to provide a place for the riders to rest, eat and pray.

The kiosks are located in the city, Klebang, Meru Raya, Medan Gopeng, Station 18, Jelapang and Ipoh Garden.

“We have between 2,000 and 3,000 riders in the city who are also considered as frontliners,” she said.

Nolee Ashilin also presented 200 pieces of RM5 petrol vouchers to the riders.

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