MCC aspires to reduce household waste by 30 pct

MIRI: Miri City Council (MCC) aspires to reduce the amount of household waste which is now about 6,000 tonnes monthly by 30 per cent within the next two years.

Chairman of its Local Agenda (LA) Community Development Standing Committee, Councillor Aries Leong Chin Lim said when successfully done, the council could subsequently reduce its expenditure on waste management, whereby on average RM17 million was required annually.

“To achieve this, various activities will be held with special focus on education, particularly on ‘reduce, reduce and recycle’ – (3R concept).

“We would like to start with the 79 primary and secondary schools in Miri where talks and seminars will be held until June 2018,” Leong said after conducting one such talk at SJK (C) Chung Hua Krokop yesterday.

He said the talk was the first one held by the LA Community Development Standing Committee. The next one on Feb 20 will be held at the SJK (C) Chung Hua Miri while a ‘gotong-royong’ had been carried out at Kampung Sungai Baong last month.

Among other programmes to be held would be the adoption of beaches and public parks and also ‘gotong-royong’ projects with the local community.

Leong said among the topics discussed at the talk was the 3R concept, with the hope that the students could help to create greater awareness among their parents and family members on the green culture.

“3R does not only end with stopping plastic bag use at shopping complexes.

“It covers a wide range of activities and products like plastic bottles and containers – which when discarded pose great threats to the environment,” said Leong.

MCC, through LA21, had over the years been actively carrying out various activities to enhance its greening initiatives so as to become a model Green City in the nation.

Among the initiatives were the launching its ‘Green Magazine’ to engage the community in the development of the city, especially in keeping the environment clean, healthy and sustainable, the launch of ‘Say No to Plastic Every day, ‘Say No To Styrofoam’, ‘Say Yes To 3R’ and ‘Miri City Go Green’.