THE Ipoh City Council (MBI) will add more open-topped lorries to pick up large unwanted household items, by end of the year.
City councilor Kok Pak Foo said another eight lorries would be acquired to enable more residents to use the services to dispose off bulky items.
He said currently, the council had about 10 open-topped lorries, which were also used to cart away yard waste such as weeds, tree branches and twigs that were produced from plant care activities.
“Residents, who want to get rid of large items such as furniture pieces, should make use of the service,” he advised.
He said residents did not have to pay for the service, even though weight-based charges were imposed in the past.
Ceylyn Tay, another city councillor, said the council would act within two to three days after receiving calls from residents who required the service.
She said the dumping of large garbage items like mattresses and furniture, at illegal sites was rampant in residential areas.
“Many residents do not know how to handle the items and they feel dumping them in a public area is the easiest way out.
“The council should from time to time notify the public about the service to prevent illegal dumping from occurring,” she said.
Tay said residents should not resort to open burning to get rid of large garbage, as the action was detrimental to the environment.
She said the council and the environment department would issue summonses to offenders if the authorities received complaints or evidencein the form of photographs.
With regards to residents’ complaints on insufficient RoRo (roll-on roll-off) bins in Ipoh, Tay said MBI had agreed to place three of these bins at each zone.
There are altogether 22 zones under the council’s jurisdiction.
However, she said there were certain zones that had yet to receive the RoRo bins.
“I will follow up on the development for my zone in Kampung Simee, Ipoh Garden and Canning Garden,” she said.