PENANG has managed to collect over 390,000kg of recyclable waste since the waste segregation at source policy was implemented on June 1, 2016.
Penang Local Government, Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the local councils have collected a total of 395,878.3kg of recyclable waste from June 1, 2016 to Feb 28 this year.
“Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has managed to collect 75,309.9kg of recyclable waste, while Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) managed to collect 320,568.4kg.
“MBPP has managed to collect RM25,297.72 from the sale of the recyclable waste; while MPSP managed to collect RM69,199.78 from the sale,” he told a press conference at Seri Jaya Apartment in Bukit Mertajam today.
Jagdeep also said the local councils issued 735 compounds – MBPP (91 compounds) and MPSP (644) – during the same period for offences relating to failure to comply with waste segregation.
Jagdeep was at Seri Jaya Apartment to witness the success of a recycling project there.
He praised the residents for successfully carrying out the project since 2017.
“There are surveillance cameras (CCTVs) being installed inside the trash room to monitor waste dumping activities by the residents.
“The CCTVs help to keep tabs on residents; whether they practise proper recycling methods and waste disposal,” he said.
Also present was Berapit assemblyman Heng Lee Lee.
Heng said that the apartment’s management committee also appointed someone to carry out waste segregation activities every Sunday, from 8.30am to 9.30am.
“The designated person will report to the management if he found recyclable waste are being wrongly segregated,” she said.
The apartment can collect about 450kg of recyclable waste every two months, which amounts to RM200.
The money collected is used for maintenance and upgrading works of the apartment.
Story by K. Thaarshenii
Pix by Noor Siti Nabilah Noorazis