Johor authorities to educate people on waste separation

JOHOR BARU - Officers of the local authorities have been told to make regular house visits over the next six months to educate residents here on waste separation.

Johor Housing and Local Government chairman Datuk Abdul Latiff Bandi said many people were still unsure on how to dispose of their waste correctly.

"They need more time to familiarise themselves with trash separation and we need to create more awareness," he said.

He said that local authorities and waste management concessionaire, SWCorp, should also work closely with resident associations.

Johor Baru City Council mayor A. Rahim Nin said residents should not depend on the authorities to do their job of sorting waste.

In Seremban, flat and apartment dwellers are required to separate their household waste once centralised bins are placed in their property by the concessionaire in charge of the collection. State Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government committee chairman Datuk Jalaluddin Alias said commercial premises would also be required to do so but at a later stage.

"In the first stage (which began yesterday), only households are required to do so. This is because they are the ones with the highest amount of waste and items which could be recycled," he said after launching a campaign.

Jalaluddin said SWCorp had been asked to place common bins in neighbourhoods including gated areas.

"Some people do not like keeping such stuff in their house so SWCorp should consider placing more common bins where people can deposit items that can be recycled," he said, referring to requests from the public that SWCorp put up common bins to make disposal easier.

In Kuantan, Bernama reports that out of the 1,100 residential areas throughout Pahang, 865 have received pamphlets on the compulsory separation of solid waste at source that began simultaneously in seven states yesterday. Pahang Housing and Urbanisation Committee chairman Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said the remaining residential areas would get the pamphlets by the end of the month.

"Besides information on the implementation, the pamphlets also explain the methods to separate solid waste," he told reporters yesterday.

Also present was Pahang SW Corp director Datuk Mohd Nor Afandi Abd Aziz.

Wan Rosdy said the authorities would only issue friendly reminders to residents who do not separate their rubbish at present but added that a RM50 compound would be imposed from June 1 next year.

"SW Corp and Alam Flora will go to residential estates to explain the process in Malay and English. It will be ongoing as this is a new programme," he added.