Movement Control Order: Garbage disposal in Kedah drops by 10%

Movement Control Order: Garbage disposal in Kedah drops by 10%

ALOR SETAR: Since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was imposed on March 18, garbage disposal in Kedah has reduced by about 10%, said Kedah Industry and Investment, Local Government and Housing Committee chairman, Tan Kok Yew.

He said before this, the daily average amount of garbage collected in the state was 1,500 tonnes a day but it is now 1,300 tonnes a day, and this figure is expected to drop further until the end of the MCO period on April 14.

“As an example, previously in Alor Setar, 270 tonnes of rubbish were thrown out each day, but the amount has now gone down to 243 tonnes a day, so I hope the public will continue this and avoid wastage, especially of food.

“I also urge the people to make use of the MCO to make it a habit of reducing and managing waste properly.

“The garbage collection services are being conducted as usual during the MCO period in order to maintain cleanliness,” he said, in a press conference held after a briefing on the COVID-19 Public Sanitation Operations here today.

The operations are being conducted by the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM), Kedah, in the Kota Setar district. Also present were Kedah JBPM director Sayani Saidon, dan director of Kedah Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp), Zaidi Tuah.

Tan said as part of the effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Alor Setar City Council has provided wash basins and handwash liquids at the entrances of markets here.

“The wash basins have been installed at the Simpang Kuala, Teluk Wanjah and Alor Setar Markets, and may be provided at other markets too. But they will not be installed throughout Kedah as it is up to the local authorities in the districts.

“The local authorities have also taken other preventive measures including body temperature screenings and requiring the public to maintain social distancing in the markets. However, what is most important is for the people to exercise self-discipline by maintaining hygiene,” he said,