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Title: Pilot project on waste recycling in Putrajaya
Date: 30-Aug-2009
Category: Integrated Solid Waste Management
Source/Author:         The Sunday Star (www.thestar.com.my)
Description: PUTRAJAYA: Residents here will be part of a pilot project on solid-waste separation, which will serve as a model for increasing recycled waste nationwide from about 5% currently to 22% by the year 2020.Pilot project on waste recycling in Putrajaya

PUTRAJAYA: Residents here will be part of a pilot project on solid-waste separation, which will serve as a model for increasing recycled waste nationwide from about 5% currently to 22% by the year 2020.Pilot project on waste recycling in Putrajaya

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha said the six-month pilot project would include recycling kitchen and garden waste to produce compost for landscaping work around Putrajaya.

He said that under the pilot project, all houses, apartments, shops, schools and kindergartens within the areas involved would be supplied with two bins to allow residents to separate recyclable items and other waste.

“Turning kitchen and garden waste into compost is fast gaining popularity in developed nations, and in time, perhaps Malaysians will also be able to save money by creating compost for use in their gardens,” he told a press conference after launching the project here yesterday.

Kong said recycling would also help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills daily and ensure they have a longer lifespan, as well as create an opportunity for the growth of recycling-based industries in the country.

He said the programme could be successful only if it was fully supported by the people and therefore it was important to educate them on the efforts to help create a cleaner environment.

Kong also said that getting people to join recycling efforts should not be a problem because many were doing this when they sold their old newspapers, cans and bottles to scrap dealers.

The pilot project will be jointly conducted by the National Solid Waste Management Department, Putrajaya Corporation, Housing and Local Government Ministry, cleaning concessionaire Alam Flora Sdn Bhd, Konsortium SSI-Schaefer and Universiti Teknologi Mara.

Putrajaya Corporation president Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said Putrajaya generated 14,378 tonnes of waste in 2008 but only 5% of it was recycled through an initiative launched in 2005 that involved the placing of recycling bins at strategic locations and the setting up of recycling centres.



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