PUTRAJAYA: Putrajaya Corporation wants private households here to be heavily penalised if they fail to recycle their waste.
Its president Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said the council had increased efforts in motivating the public to recycle waste.
“In the future, we are looking at imposing strict fines for those who do not recycle.
“This is in line with the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act 2007 (Act 627), which was enforced in September last year.
“We hope to achieve our target of collecting 20% of recycled materials from the total amount of solid waste in five years and become a model of a green and sustainable city,” he said at the Putrajaya Recycling Day here yesterday.
The participation of the public in recycling waste had increased to 22% last year from 10.4% in the year 2010, he said.
“We collected some 4.2 tonnes of recyclable materials, which is almost 10% from the total amount of garbage collected every day,” he added.
According to the council’s statistics, Samsudin said paper was the most recycled material at 1,239 tonnes or 88% from the total amount collected.
“This is followed by plastic, metal, glass, aluminium and e-waste,” he said.
He also noted that the largest contributors of recycled materials were government and private offices, followed by the three recycling centres at Precinct Eight, Nine and 16, and households.
“We urge the public to separate their waste according to the material and not to be wasteful as these items could then be turned into new products,” he said.