Penang to consider garbage disposal grinders

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  • Monday, 09 Jun 2003

PENANG: The state is studying the possibility of having garbage disposal grinders for organic waste in every household or housing estate. 

Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said yesterday Penang was studying the proposal and would refer it to the Federal Government for consideration.  

He said the state must study the cost, implementation methods and legal backing needed to make it a requirement. 

He said it should be a national policy, as it would involve federal rulings such as uniform building guidelines. 

Dr Koh said under the proposal, every household in the high-end income group should have its own grinder while the low-cost and low-medium cost homes would share a community grinder. 

He said the first step was for the people to separate their organic wastes from the non-organic type and seriously practise the three Rs (reuse, reduce and recycle) policy in recycling non-organic wastes. 

“The system, practised in several advanced countries, was one of the many waste management proposals the state was studying. Others included home composting to make organic fertiliser,'' Dr Koh said after attending a recycling campaign by the Gerakan Belia Bersatu Malaysia’s Tanjung Bungah branch and Taman Seri Setia Residents’ Association.  

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