PETALING JAYA - Resident associations (RAs) have given the thumbs up to the proposal for mandatory separation of garbage at the household level, saying the initiative will benefit the environment.
Bandar Puteri RA chairman Datuk Samson Maman said more attention must be paid to prioritise recycling and improve the management of the country's solid waste.
"We are aiming to become a developed nation in five years. This is a good beginning and we should have started it much earlier," he said yesterday.
Samson said each local council should play a prominent role to ensure that the initiative would be implemented smoothly.
"We will have problems if there is no coordination. Should the local council provide the recycling bins, or should the residents pay for them? This question must be addressed," he said, adding that the initiative should also be introduced in schools to educate the young.
"We must educate them from young and in a few years time, the next generation will already be used to waste segregation and recycling," he said.
Bukit Bandaraya RA chairman Datuk M. Ali said the relevant authorities must not just stop at making grand announcements.
"In principle, it is a good move for the environment in the long term, but the authorities should engage the public and get their feedback.
"They should also create awareness on the recycling facilities that are currently available," he said.
Subang Jaya RA chairman A.S. Gill said even though waste separation had been in practice in developed countries for a long time, its implementation here must be carefully thought through and planned in order to avoid problems.
"In Australia, the bins are provided and maintained by local councils.
"Perhaps, recycling bins can be provided by local councils here while the regular waste bin is provided by the respective households," he said.