Free refuse bins

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

–New Straits Times (Malaysia)

ALOR STAR: A total of 1.3 million households in two federal territories and six states will be given free refuse bins by September next year.

They are Kedah, Perlis, Pahang, Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan and the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.

However, Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation chief executive officer Datuk Zaini Md Nor said that only households that had paid their assessment fees would be entitled to the 120-litre bins.

He said this was part of the government’s long-term plan to equip three million houses in peninsular Malaysia with a waste bin each by Aug 31, 2014.

The distribution of these containers, which have started in some states in September, was the Housing and Local Government’s efforts to improve the waste collection services.

“The waste bins will be distributed free by the three concessionaires appointed by the government to carry out waste collection and public cleansing services.

“Each house will receive a 120-litre refuse bin with a cover and two wheels. To avoid theft, every bin will have a serial number dedicated to each house,” he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

Zaini said he was satisfied with the ongoing distribution and use of the waste bins and denied allegations from some quarters that the government would charge them for the items later.

He said the corporation welcomed inquiries and suggestions from the public on the refuse bins and the government’s efforts to improve domestic waste collection and management. They can contact the corporation’s hotline number at 1-800-88-SISA (7472).

After the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act 2007 came into effect on Sept 1, all appointed concessionaires were required to provide houses with proper bins.

The three concessionaires are Environment Idaman Sdn Bhd, responsible for the collection of household solid waste in Kedah and Perlis; Alam Flora Sdn Bhd for Pahang, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya; and Southern Waste Management Environment Sdn Bhd for Johor, Malacca and Negri Sembilan.

The concessionaires will pay for the bins which cost RM120 each.

They will replace the bin free-of-charge after seven years.

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