Residents eager to learn how best to separate waste properly

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 08 Jun 2016

PETALING JAYA: After a week of waste separation at source enforcement, residents in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya want to learn how to separate their waste properly.

Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp) Federal Territory director Hazilah Gumri said this was a positive sign but there was still room for improvement.

She said based on the feedback by her staff, who were on the ground during their enforcement exercise on June 1, residents wanted to know how best to separate their waste.

“There are also some people who are not doing it the right way and others who need more education on segregating their waste at source. But the momentum is picking up,” she said.

Hazilah said at Bukit Damansara, Putrajaya and Bangsar, most of the residents were actively separating their waste.

She hoped with more education and time, there would be improve­­ment in the waste separation in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

“We hope they will do this exercise voluntarily rather than out of fear of being penalised,” she said.

StarMetro reported that it will take just one month to fill a 28ha site up to 2m high with rubbish produced by Kuala Lumpur residents, which is equivalent to about 35 football fields.

Based on data provided by the SWCorp, KL-ites generate 3,500 tonnes of domestic and industrial waste a day.

Hazilah had said they are hoping that with more awareness about separation at source, the recycling rate will increase over time.

Starting Sept 1 last year, households in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Pahang, Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Perlis and Kedah were told to separate their solid waste into plastic bags before disposing them into rubbish bins.

The rule was enforced from June 1, this year. Those who do not segregate their waste at source can be fined up to a maximum of RM1,000.

The tenant or owner of a landed property can be fined RM50 (first offence), RM100 (second offence) and RM500 (third offence), while for non-landed property, the fines are RM100, RM200 and RM500 respectively.

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