THE Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (PPSPPA), a corporation under the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry, paid tribute to the men and women who work hard to keep the country clean through its Awards for Excellence in Service 2013.
Deputy Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique and PPSPPA chief executive officer Datuk Ab Rahim Md Noor handed out certificates of acknowledgement to 86 junior and senior employees from various departments during the ceremony at the Everly Hotel in Putrajaya.
“This is our way of congratulating PPSPPA employees for their efforts as solid waste management is not something to be taken lightly,” Halimah said.
Last year, the PPSPPA was responsible for solid waste management in six states and the federal territories. According to the corporation’s statistics, it identified and cleared 875 dumpsites, removing 7,317 tonnes of rubbish.
However, Halimah revealed that 53% of the dumpsites were found to been filled with rubbish after they were cleared.
“To combat this issue, we must change the mindset of Malaysians and raise awareness on the importance of proper waste disposal,” she said.
Ab Rahim, meanwhile, said Malaysia generated about 33,000 tonnes of solid waste per day.
“It is expensive to identify and remove illegal dumpsites,” said Ab Rahim, adding that it cost about RM2mil a month to remove the illegal dumpsites nationwide.
Although illegal dumping is punishable by law, Halimah insisted the authorities would prefer to educate the public before resorting to enforcement.
“We want Malaysians to be responsible for their own rubbish and also to keep a lookout for improperly disposed rubbish in their areas.
“PPSPPA cannot be everywhere at once, so the public needs to be our eyes and ears,” she said.
PPSPPA currently operates in Perlis, Kedah, Negri Sembilan, Malacca, Pahang, Johor, Terengganu, Kelantan and the Federal Territories.
Members of the public can make reports or suggestions to the PPSPPA by calling its toll-free line at 1800 88 7472 or by visiting www.aduansisa.my