Selangor to take over garbage collection from Alam Flora

Posted on September 13, 2011. Filed under: Pollution |

-the Star-

THE Selangor government will take over garbage collection services from Alam Flora beginning January next year.

Selangor local governments committee chairman Ronnie Liu said at present the 12 local councils jointly spend RM400mil each year for public cleaning and garbage collection. This constitutes one-third of the total RM1.4bil revenue earned.

“We’ve already taken over the cleaning services in August and once we take over the garbage collection services, we would be saving RM100mil each year,” he said during the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Mid-Autumn Festival celebration at the Chempaka Buddhist Lodge in Taman Sea, Petaling Jaya, on Sunday.

Lantern festival: Roslan (left) lighting up a tanglung during the celebration. With him are Chempaka Buddhist Lodge president Liew Chang Huat and MBPJ planning department assistant director Nazihah Jaafar.

He added that the money saved would be channelled back to the respective councils to upgrade their equipment and manpower for cleaning services.

“The current batch of contractors need not have to worry as we will continue using their services when we initially take over,” he said.

With the services now in the hands of the local councils, Liu said they would be acting as paymaster while also having a control over the services rendered by the contractors.

“Before this, the councils would pay Alam Flora but they did not have any say when the contractors were not up to mark. With the takeover, the councils have direct responsibility over the contractors and all complaints can be channelled directly to the respective councils,” he said.

Liu was confident that the state had the resources to deliver the task.

Selangor, Penang and Perak have been exempted under the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act that came into force on Sept 1 in Peninsular Malaysia.

Under the Act, solid waste management and public cleansing will be privatised and the three concessionaires (SWM Environment, Alam Flora Sdn Bhd and Environment Idaman Sdn Bhd) involved will be subjected to a Key Performance Indicator system to ensure they lived up to the required standards.

Cleaning and maintenance services in Selangor, previously handled by Alam Flora, has been taken over by the state since August.

“We have had several complaints about the cleaning services since we took over but there are bound to be some minor glitches during the initial period. Besides that, the services have been satisfactory,” said Liu.

During the State Assembly sitting in July, Liu said by hiring their own contractors, the local authorities were able to save on the commission previously paid to Alam Flora.

Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman said although they had not received instructions on the take over, they were ready to do so.

“We will be retaining most of the current contractors anyway, so the services would not be disrupted,” said Roslan.

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