Three years for waste companies to clean up act

Posted on July 7, 2011. Filed under: Waste |

-The Star-
PETALING JAYA: The peninsula’s three major rubbish collectors will have three years to prove their worth under the new privatised solid waste management system.

The three concessionaires – Alam Flora Sdn Bhd, Environment Idaman Sdn Bhd and SWM Environment Sdn Bhd – will now be subjected to a strict Key Performance Indicator (KPI) system to ensure they live up to the required standards.

The three are in charge of the central and east, north and south zones, respectively.

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the move was part of the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007, which will be implemented on Sept 1.

Chor said the privatisation of solid waste management did not apply to Penang and Selangor, which have chosen to opt out, adding that Perak, which was initially not interested, is now keen to join.

The strict KPIs could see the concessionaires being fined and possibly struck off if they fail to perform, he said.

“There will be a KPI for every type of work they do and this includes providing a 120-litre rubbish bin for free to every household in the peninsula. Penalties and point deductions will apply if they do not follow the rule.

“For example, the dripping of leachate from lorries is considered a serious offence and if repeatedly committed, the Government can cease their operations either in one area or in the entire peninsula,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

Chor said the companies would be given time to buy the new bins and compactor lorries, adding that the KPI would be fully implemented within three years after the transition period.

However, he stressed that consumers would not pay more for the service despite the upgrade as the Government would absorb any additional cost.

The Act would also require households to separate and recycle their waste, but punishment would only be meted out in a couple of years to enable residents to get used to the idea, Chor added.

Organic and household waste will be collected twice a week and bulk waste once a week.

Complaints can be channelled directly to the concessionaire via an integrated call centre.

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