Publication: The Star Online
SERDANG: Selangor should adopt the law on mandatory waste separation for households as it is already facing a garbage disposal crisis, said Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry.
Its minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said Selangor and Penang had the largest populations and stood to gain by enforcing the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act.
“I hope they consider adopting the Act because it is really comprehensive,” he said.
Starting yesterday, households in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya as well as six states – Pahang, Johor, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis and Kedah – are required to separate their trash accordingly to facilitate recycling.
He said Solid Waste Management (SWCorp) had invested RM1bil in equipment and systems to ensure the success of the policy.
Selangor, he said, was still using outmoded methods including open top lorries.
Taking out the trash: Neighbourhood friends Christine Chong, 22, and Leroy Choong, 23, bringing kitchen waste and recyclable items to be thrown at a designated place near their house in Bangsar yesterday.
“Their systems are not up to date and they don’t have an effective monitoring system,” he said.
Abdul Rahman said his ministry now spent RM2bil on solid waste management and the money saved by recycling could be put to better use.
Recycling, he said, could also extend the life of landfills.
“No one wants a landfill in their backyards and we are faced with strong protest every time we open one,” he said.
Abdul Rahman said the ministry’s focus now was on educating the public. No fines will be imposed until next year.
From June 1, 2016 households which fail to separate their waste would face fines of up to RM1,000 besides being hauled to court.
Abdul Rahman said Joint Management Bodies would also face the same penalties despite concerns about it being a burden on them.
At an event yesterday, SWCorp concluded the “1 Million Bottles One Dream” campaign which was launched to mark the start of the waste disposal ruling.
Over one million plastic bottles worth RM12,000 was collected during the campaign and the proceeds was handed to National Cancer Council Malaysia (Makna) and Persatuan Mata Hati Malaysia.