|RUBBISH piling up near Jalan Othman in Petaling Jaya is worsening, said a resident.
The resident said the increasing volume of rubbish had attracted rodents and cockroaches.
“Even with on-time rubbish collection, it does not solve the problem as residents in this area accumulate rubbish quickly.
“Until the next collection, their rubbish is piled up outside their compounds.
“When this happens, the rubbish is left to rot and pests will scavenge for food among the waste.
“Stray cats and dogs will also scatter the rubbish when they scavenge for food. The mess worsens when it rains,” he said.
As a person who promoted recycling, the resident said he tried to reduce waste in his residential area, but it was in vain.
“If I am the only one doing it and my neighbours are not bothered to do anything, the situation won’t change,” he added.
Understanding that not all states are subjected to the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007 (Act 672), the Selangor government has launched its own efforts in 12 local councils to encourage recycling.
When contacted, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) councillor Lee Lih Syan said the council had launched its recycling initiative 1½ years ago.
“The response has been good, as we have about 9,000 households that participate in our recycling project.
“We have yet to reach out to certain places, but we welcome housing areas or non-landed properties to request our assistance if they want to adopt the recycling project.
“Because we are not subject to the act, there are no fines imposed.
“As this is also a voluntary effort, we are trying our best to educate residents about the need to recycle.”
Lee said once MBPJ was informed of those who would like to join the project, MBPJ would send officers to inspect the suitability of the area to introduce the project.
“Recyclable items are collected based on a fixed weekly schedule.
“We have engaged several recycling centres where we drop off the recyclable items.”