A FOUR-month pilot reycling project in four local authorities is among the strategies taken by the state government to address waste management issues in Selangor.
“The pilot project aims to observe the community’s trend in sorting household waste in real time, to propose a recycling management programme, and to look at the local councils’ waste management capacity.
“The four local authorities represent those of different status – city , municipal and district,” said Local Government, New Village Development and Legalising of Factories Committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah in response to a question from Gan Pei Nei (PKR-Rawang).
The local authorities are the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), Kajang Municipal Council, Ampang Jaya Muncipal Council and Hulu Selangor District Council.
The areas involved in the project are also diverse – village, condominium, terrace house, flat, low-cost house and commercial property.
For example, the locations under MBPJ are Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara (village), Boulevard Residence (condominium) and 10 Boulevard (commercial).
“Another strategy to reduce solid waste and increase efficiency of waste management is to encourage local authorities to have household waste separation programmes and recycling campaigns for residents in selected locations, such as those impelemented by the Shah Alam City Council and Kuala Langat District Council,” said Ean Yong.
“We will also channel information on recycling activities through local newspapers and the websites of local authorities.”
Gan also asked about the strategy and status of the Waste Management Enactment in her oral question.
To this, Ean Yong said, “The state government, through the state legal adviser’s office as well as the local authorities’ legal and technical officers, had held draft and revision sessions on the Selangor Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Enactment, to ensure it does not contradict or overlap with the existing Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing 2007 Act (Act 672).
“As for the enactment’s latest status, the state govern-ment has received a letter from the Attorney-General’s Chambers stating that they are seeking a second opinion on the Enactment.”
To a supplementary question from Gan on what the state government would do while awaiting the decision, Ean Yong said they would wait until the end of the year for an answer.
“If we have yet to receive an answer, we will consider incorporating the Enactment as part of the by-laws,” he said.