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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Free pick up of bulk waste

NEAR festive periods, there is usually a sudden increase in the volume of waste, including both domestic and bulk waste.

So beginning this year, the Batu Gajah District Council would be providing free collection of bulk waste in conjunction with Chinese New Year.

Its president Mohd Razif Ramli said people would discard old furniture, electrical goods, mattresses and other household items close to festive periods.

He said the council would be providing the same service for Hari Raya, Deepavali and Christmas.

He said some people usually took the easy way out by throwing such items at locations convenient to them.

“It becomes an eyesore that turns into a breeding ground for mosquitoes and rodents.

“Therefore, the council decided to provide the free service.

“On regular days, we charge a fee for bulk waste collection.

Mohd Razif (left) checking out the recycling booth at the council.
Mohd Razif (left) checking out the recycling booth at the council.

“We hope people would make use of the free service and contact us, as we have placed banners at various locations to inform people,” he told reporters after a meeting with department heads and councillors at the council’s building recently.

Mohd Razif said the free service was ongoing and would end on Feb 15.

He said response was still lukewarm but he hoped people would call the council if they needed to dispose of their unwanted items.

The areas where the service is provided include Batu Gajah, Simpang Pulai, Lahat, Tronoh, Siputeh, Bemban, Pusing and Tanjung Tualang.

Mohd Razif said he was sure that people did not want their guests or relatives to see unwanted items scattered everywhere at their residential areas.

“The first impression of a place plays a very important factor in what people think about the location.

“I am sure you do not want people driving in to their housing estate full of rubbish by the roadside,” he added.

Mohd Razif said as for the domestic waste, frequent garbage collection would be carried out during the festive period.