Increase in solid waste during Ramadhan

by AUFA MARDHIAH / pic by TMR FILE

ALAM Flora Sdn Bhd recorded an increase of 8,000 metric tonnes in solid waste collection on the 20th day of Ramadhan in Kuala Lumpur, totalling up to 40,000 tonnes of domestic waste collected compared to 32,000 tonnes last year.

Alam Flora CEO Datuk Mohd Zain Hassan said the increase is due to the Ramadhan bazaars operating this year.

“Untouched food waste, including packaging materials such as single-use plastic bags, are among the main contributors to the increase in the amount of solid waste in Kuala Lumpur.

“This situation is expected to continue and increase until the first week of Aidilfitri as most sectors have been allowed to operate. Although this increase is alarming, Alam Flora will always ensure the collection of domestic

waste is in accordance with the schedule and public cleanliness will continue to be maintained during the festival period,” he said in a statement yesterday.

However, he hopes for cooperation from all parties to help maintain cleanliness in their respective areas.

For example, recyclable waste should be separated, tied up neatly in appropriate plastic bags and placed by the bins during the collection day, in line with the government’s separation at source programme.

Previously, the domestic waste collection in Kuala Lumpur for the first 20 days of Ramadhan was at 33,000 tonne in 2019, 27,000 tonne in 2020 and 32,000 tonne in 2021, which shows a decreasing trend due to the Covid-19 pandemic.