KUALA LUMPUR: People in this country are urged to practise a lifestyle based on the concept of reduce, reuse and recycle (3Rs) to avoid national budget wastage.
Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the annual cost of RM2 billion for the government to manage solid waste was expected to increase drastically from year to year if there was no awareness and cooperation from the public.
“The RM2 billion allocation should be used to build schools, clinics and improve the transport system for the benefit of the people. However, each year we (government) need to increase the allocation to manage solid waste due to the continued lack of public awareness on the importance and benefits of the 3Rs.
“Efficient solid waste management not only saves costs but is also seen as a measure of progress of a nation,” he said at a news conference after officiating at the National Solid Waste Management Laboratory Open Day, here, today.
Also present was Abdul Rahman’s deputy, Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique.
The one-day programme was held for the sharing of information and obtaining feedback from the public on solid waste management in this country.
Abdul Rahman said the rising solid waste management cost needed to be tackled comprehensively through the people’s lifestyle transformation by practising the 3R concept like in the developed countries.
He said the local authorities were now facing financial constraints in managing solid waste and in ensuring environmental sustainability, hence they might have to consider the suggestion of increasing tax rates if the problem continued.
“The 3R concept is the best way for the people to assist us in managing solid waste and to save on expenditure in the long run.”
Abdul Rahman said the people should see the importance of the 3Rs as a joint responsibility in optimising the national budget towards generating overall benefits.