Collection of dry recyclable goods from households, in an effort to increase the recycling rate, starts today in Subang Jaya.
The office of Subang Jaya assemblyman Michelle Ng, in collaboration with KDEB Waste Management (KDEBWM), will kick off the door-to-door (D2D) recyclable collection programme in selected residential areas.
“The Phase 1 D2D collection will involve Zone 1 covering SS12 to SS19 and Wangsa Baiduri, and Zone 2 that covers PJS 7, PJS 9 and PJS 11.
“It is a partnership that aims to increase collection of domestic waste and promote sustainable practices through the convenience of a D2D service,” she said after meeting SS15/2 and SS15/3 Rukun Tetangga members at Jalan SS15/2E for a briefing on the programme.
Ng said the initiative was in response to concerns on the need for proper waste disposal.
She said an assessment would be made after three months to decide if the programme should be extended to USJ under Phase 2.
“We want to separate recyclable waste at the source with the aim of boosting the recycling process and lessening the burden on landfills,” she said.
“I am told that 55% of domestic rubbish, sent to landfills, has the potential of being recycled.”
She said Subang Jaya’s recycling rate was estimated at 17% and her office was targeting to raise it to 40% by end-2025.
“The collection of recyclables will be done on the same day as domestic waste collection.
“Subang Jaya residents will be required to place glass bottles, aluminium cans, plastics, old books, cardboard and newspapers in a separate bag for collection,” she added.
Ng said old furniture, polystyrene, old clothes, toys and used food containers would not be accepted for recycling.
KDEB managing director Datuk Ramli Mohd Tahir said the D2D collection would make it easier for households to actively participate in recycling.
Ramli said it was necessary to improve on the recycling rate due to shortage of landfill space and excessive plastic waste found in rivers and oceans.
Rukun Tetangga SS15/2 and SS15/3 chairman Lam Pang Cheng, 74, said the D2D programme would foster a culture of sustainability and environmental responsibility within the community.