KUALA LUMPUR: Nearly 500 metric tonne of waste materials for recycling were collected within four months in seven states in the country since the implementation of solid waste separation in September last year.
Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) chief executive officer Datuk Zulkapli Mohamed said a total of 43,979 notices were issued to the public during the same period to remind them on the implementation of the system.
“We are now in the second phase of the implementation, which involves educating and explaining to the public through the ‘Ops Mata Hati’ program on the system,” he said when contacted by Bernama.
He said pamphlets on the system had been sent to 1,571,641 landed premises and as of last Wednesday, 226,123 premises had been inspected.
Effective June 1 this year, compound notices would be issued to residents who failed to separate their solid waste, he added. The solid waste separation system is being implemented in Kuala Lumpur, Pahang, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis and Kedah.
Zulkapli said the system was also applicable for residents in multi-storey buildings.
“They will be required to place their recyclable waste materials in steel containers provided by the company,” he added.
The Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act 2007 provides a maximum compound of RM1,000 against residents who do not comply with the implementation of solid waste separation system.