Solid waste traps prevent pollution

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Feb 2003

KUCHING: About 90% of the more than 300 food outlets in the city north areas have installed locally-designed interceptors that trap solid wastes and grease to prevent their discharge into the drains. 

City North Commission's deputy director Bakri Zaini said the interceptor installed to the kitchen sink was to address the pollution of city drains at source. 

“It has significantly reduced the foul smell in drains and make them easier to maintain,'' he told reporters after accompanying Padungan Assemblyman Lily Yong Lee Lee and Datuk Bandar Madeli Kolek for a tour of the Tower Market here yesterday. 

All the food stalls at the popular Tower Market have installed the interceptors, each costing more than RM300. 

Bakri said the commission had made it a condition in the licence that all new food outlets must install such interceptors. 

He said it was in the process of closing down three dirty food outlets in efforts to improve the cleanliness of eateries. Six others have been ordered to improve their cleanliness.  

Bakri said the commission's engineer had been directed to come up with an engineering solution to trap solid wastes at specific locations of drains in the residential estates. 

The move would help to improve the conditions and maintenance of the drains, he added. 

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