States to take out own trash

Posted on July 20, 2011. Filed under: Waste |

-The Star-

Instilling the green habit: SMK Datuk Onn students reading the book after the launch of the ‘Excellent Green Students Book’ at the school in Butterworth.

PENANG will get to appoint its own waste management contractors after choosing to opt out of the Solid Waste Management Act 2007, said state Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow.

“Housing and Local Government Ministry chief secretary Datuk Ahmad Kabit recently wrote to us about the state’s exclusion from the Act which will be enforced on Sept 1.

“This means that the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) and Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) will be allowed to appoint their own contractors for waste management and other cleanliness-related functions,” he said.

Chow said under the present system, different contractors were appointed by the ministry for rubbish collection, grass cutting, drainage and road cleaning, but now, a single contractor would be appointed to do these jobs.

“This will enable the local councils to better monitor the contractors. The councils are presently unable to question the contractors when there’s a complaint as it has to be referred to the ministry.

“Selangor has also been excluded as it had asked to opt out of the act,” he told reporters after launching the Excellent Green Students Book programme at SMK Dato Onn in Bagan Ajam yesterday.

Also present were MPSP secretary Rozali Mohamud, councillors Soon Lip See, Oon Neow Aun, Ahmad Farid Md Arshad, S. Chandrase-keran and Abdul Latif Abdullah.

Chow said the councils would call for open tenders in November to appoint new contractors for the job.

Rozali said there are now 41 contractors in Seberang Prai, adding that the number will be greatly reduced after new tenders are called.

He added that the council will also engage its own personnel to take over certain jobs as a cost-cutting measure.

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