PERAK residents need to be more aware of proper household waste disposal, says the Department of Environment (DOE).
Its state director Rosli Zul said many people were still taking the matter lightly.
“There is an urgency to change our bad habits, including dumping waste illegally or having a lack of interest in the impact of throwing the rubbish, which includes both household and ewaste.
“These days, almost everyone likes to make comments about environmental issues without realising that they are also contributing to the problem,” he said.
Rosli was speaking to reporters after flagging off the Enviro Challenge 2022 at DR Seenivasagam Park in Ipoh.
He said that together with other related agencies such as the local councils, Perak DOE had planned various programmes to raise awareness about the matter.
“The enviro challenge is a collaboration between the DOE and Ipoh City Council with other agencies.
“In conjunction with the state Environmental Day celebration, we have programmes that targets adults, children and the youth,” said Rosli.
“Each programme is incorporated with a message to encourage the public to be more aware about taking care of the environment, including exposing them to the tools used for monitoring the environment.
“We also had a similar programme with industrial workers in six districts in Perak on Aug 13 and 14,” he added.