PONTIAN: Malaysia has to import recycled material to produce goods such as recycled paper, glass and plastics while its landfills are being filled at a rate that cannot be maintained, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said.
We are buying recycled waste from other countries to make our own recycled products. At the same time, our landfills are being filled at such a pace that they will not be able to support the amount of solid waste in two years time.
We can solve both problems if only our people are more committed and actively involved in recycling, he said.
Ong said a small effort on our part would go a long way in creating a cleaner and healthier living environment.
We need to remind the public to always remember the three Rs Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, he said.
Ong was speaking to reporters after presenting keys of 20 compactor lorries and 280 communal dumpsters worth RM5.1mil to Johor local authorities at a ceremony yesterday.
He said according to statistics, landfills would be filled up to 80% by 2005 and recycling could help reduce the amount of waste by between 20 and 25%.
He said the master plan on solid waste management was not in its final draft and would be completed soon. It included plans for solid waste management such as recycling campaigns, landfills and installation of incinerators.
We do not want to wait for the plan to be completed and enforced before finding suitable approaches to the problem.
We have already started on a few programmes to inculcate awareness and this includes recycling campaigns, he added.
As the recycling campaign enters its second phase, Ong said the ministry would supply bigger and better recycling bins and urged the public to make full use of them.
He said the ministry would also spend on advertisements on billboards, buses and the LRTas well as campaigns in schools to create awareness among students.
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