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No fines for JMBs yet

SWCorp will hold off issuing compounds to residents of high-rise buildings, to give them time to understand the waste separation process.

RESIDENTS at high-rises have been given a reprieve by Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) in compulsory waste separation.

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Segregating rubbish: Resident Kalieamah Palani, 66, throwing egg trays into the paper section of recycling cages at PPr Kampung Limau, Pantai Dalam. SWCorp Enforcement Unit senior assistant director Sharudin Hamid said residents in this category would not be penalised yet and they would be given time to learn the process of separating and disposing the recyclable items in their premises.

He said that although enforcement was ongoing, the authority would not issue compounds to any of the residential high-rise joint management bodies (JMBs) just yet.

“We are still engaging with JMBs on this matter and while there are some good ones (JMBs) who are taking the initiative to follow the rules, their numbers are small,” he said.

“Less than 10% are actually making the effort and to me, this is very worrying,” he added.

Sharudin shot down claims by some JMBs that the local authorities were not communicating with them.

“We have been talking to them since last year about separating their kitchen waste from the recyclable items, but they must make the effort to change,” he said.

He was responding to Star Metro’s front-page story that hundreds of recycling cages were not being properly utilised.

Many of these cages provided by waste management company Alam Flora Sdn Bhd to residents in June have been destroyed, vandalised or simply left empty. In some areas, the cages were burnt.

Measuring 2.13m in height, 0.91m in width and 3.04m in length, each recycling cage costs RM1,200.

It is estimated that half, if not more, are not being used properly.

The cages were given to JMBs of high-rise buildings earlier this year in stages so that residents could start practising separating their waste before the mandatory waste separation at source ruling kicked in on June 1.

Under Act 672, it is mandatory for households in the Federal Territory to separate solid waste at source and it is being implemented and enforced in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Pahang, Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Perlis and Kedah.

When contacted, most JMB and management committee (MC) members in Kuala Lumpur said they were not sure how to use the recycling cages in their high-rises.

“We were never informed about it and no one told us or showed us how to use it,” said Neo S.H., a member of the Palm Court management committee.

“Of course some may say simple instructions are available, but Alam Flora and SWCorp should still make an effort to engage with us,” he said.

Tong Weng Mansion and Tong Soon Mansion, two medium-cost apartments in Brickfields, are also struggling to get their residents to segregate recyclable items.

“Eighty percent of our residents are foreigners and they are just tenants so they do not care about recycling, as seen in the sorrylooking recycling cages here,” said Tong Weng management committee chairman G.S. Maniam.

He said convincing residents of the necessity to segregate their rubbish was difficult, adding that the problem was compounded by the lack of engagement from government agencies.

Maniam, who holds the treasurer post at Tong Soon Mansion, suggested that the authorities introduce a reward system to encourage residents to recycle, whereby those who brought in their recyclable items would receive vouchers or coupons.

When SWCorp enforces punitive action under Act 672 for mandatory waste separation at source, JMBs can be slapped with a RM100 fine for the first offence, RM200 (second offence) and RM500 (third offence).

As for landed properties, Sharudin said 84 households in Kuala Lumpur that failed to separate their rubbish since June 1 when the ruling was enforced, would be issued compounds soon.

He said that so far, only landed properties that did not separate their rubbish at source would be compounded.

Those who do not segregate their waste at source can be fined up to a maximum of RM1,000.Subsequent offences will see offenders being hauled to court for failure to ensure that waste is separated at source.

Source: The Star 12 August 2016

 

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Many of the recycling cages provided at high-rise buildings have been misused by residents who do not separate their trash and treat the areas like dumpsites.

MORE than half of the 1,153 recycling cages that were provided to residents living in high-rise buildings in Kuala Lumpur to separate their recycled waste are under-utilised.

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One big mix: This recycling cage in PPR Kampung Limau in Pantai Dalam, Bangsar, is a good reflection of the apathy of the residents living there. They clearly did not follow the simple three-step rule to segregate their waste.

Many of these cages provided by waste management company Alam Flora Sdn Bhd in June to residents have been destroyed, vandalised or simply left to rot. In some areas, the cages were burnt.

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Measuring 2.13m in height, 0.91m in width and 3.04m in length, each recycling cage costs RM1,200.

It is estimated that half, if not more, are not being used properly.

The cages were given to JMBS (Joint Management Bodies) of high rise buildings earlier this year in stages so that residents could start practising separating their waste before the mandatory waste separation at source ruling kicked in on June 1.

Under Act 672, it is mandatory for households to separate solid waste at source and it is being implemented and enforced in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Pahang, Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Perlis and Kedah.

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A widespread problem

A check by Starmetro of high-rise buildings in 11 parliamentary constituencies in Kuala Lumpur, revealed that these cages were not being used in a proper manner.

Commercial premises were also guilty of misusing the cages.

And what’s mind boggling is that this tidak apa attitude is prevalent in both affluent areas as well as low-cost government housing schemes.

In fact, even townships which are part of the Local Agenda 21, a Kuala Lumpur City Hall led effort to get the local community to practise sustainable living and environmental protection, are guilty of abusing the cages.

The cages have three sections – paper, plastic and others.

Easy-to-follow instructions are provided with info-graphics educating residents on how to separate their recyclables.

It boggles the mind as to why people are not doing it properly.

Or maybe there is a simpler explanation, they just cannot be bothered to get it right.

For instance, they dump organic waste into the recycling cages which are meant for recyclables.

In the section meant for paper, you can find plastic, fabric and old shoes.

For the section labelled others, you can find paper, plastic and even foodstuff.

Areas where recycling cages are being abused included government housing schemes such as PPR Taman Sri Kuching, PPR Hiliran Ampang, PPR Kg Limau, PPR Laksamana and PPR Pudu Ulu.

Residents living in private condominiums and flats in Ampang, Brickfields, Jalan Kelang Lama, Taman United and the Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park were also guilty of not properly using the recycling cages.

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Not rocket science

“What can I say?,” said Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation (Swcorp) Federal Territory director Hazilah Gumri.

“It is not rocket science, I have no idea why they do it,” Hazilah said, referring to people who misuse the recycling cages.

“Like I have said many times before, 70% of people know that recycling is good, but they simply do not practise it.

“Common sense tells you that plastic goes into the plastic section and paper goes into the paper section, but you still have people, including educated ones, who are still unable to follow simple steps.

“It all boils down to their attitude,” she added.

Hazilah admitted that Klites seem to be having a problem with the recycling cages, adding that complaints they were too small were being looked into.

“But when you tell me that they do not know how to differentiate between paper and plastic, that is just ridiculous,” Hazilah added.

“The JMBS have got to get their act together.

“They must take responsibility and ownership of their properties.

“There is no point living in first class condos but having a third class mentality,” she added.

Like a rented car

Alam Flora chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Zain Hassan compared the way people treat the recycling cages to driving a rented car.

“When it is notyours, you treat it like it does not matter. That’s how people are.

“There is no sense of ownership here.

“People just do not care, and it really does not matter whether you live in an upscale neighbourhood or a low-cost government housing scheme,” lamented Mohd Zain.

He added that public apathy is also preventing them from carrying out their work effectively.

“A three-hour job takes five hours.

“Everyone wants to get their work done as quickly as possible.

“But when they have to spend extra time cleaning up domestic waste from the recycling cages, it is going push our workers back by several hours,” Mohd Zain said.

Swcorp said that they were monitoring the situation and have identified areas where the cages were misused and would be taking action soon.

 Source: The Star, 3 August 2016

Pihak kerajaan mewajibkan pengasingan sisa pepejal isi rumah secara berperingkat mulai 1 SEPTEMBER 2015.

Pelaksanaan ini adalah berdasarkan peraturan di bawah Akta Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam 2007 (Akta 672) yang berkuatkuasa di negeri-negeri dan wilayah-wilayah persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Pahang, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis dan Kedah (sumber dari http://www.kpkt.gov.my/separationatsource/)

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