A TOTAL of 4,349 people will help keep Johor clean during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri period from May 1-7.
They will use 461 cleaning vehicles and machines in 15 local councils across the state.
Waste concessionaire SWM Environment Sdn Bhd, company managing director Mohd Norlisam Mohd Nordin said the rubbish collection schedule would be brought forward by one day during this period to cater for the higher volume of waste.
“From the first to the third day of Hari Raya (scheduled for May 3 to 5), we will focus on 120 hotspots, including tourist destinations, protocol routes, festive bazaars and localities with large Muslim populations,” a- he declared. said at a press conference in Johor Baru.
He reminded residents not to block their driveways and to place trash cans in visible and accessible locations.
Johor Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) said it expected a 2-4% increase in household waste collection during the fasting month.
The amount of household waste collected during the first 16 days of Ramadan showed a minimal increase of 0.85% with a daily average of 2,505 tons.
During last year’s fasting month, the daily average of waste collected was 2,484 tons, an increase of 14.31% compared to the same period in 2020 (2,173 tons).
“We believe the increase is due to the resumption of Ramadan bazaars and buffets,” SWCorp director Cairul Hisham Jalaluddin said.
“We expect more household waste and discarded items such as furniture this time around as Muslims go into spring cleaning mode in preparation for Hari Raya.”
He reminded people to continue to practice source separation and recycling to minimize waste disposal.
Based on data from SWM Environment, approximately 1.4 million kilograms of recyclable items have been collected in Johor through source separation.
“This is an increase of around 25% from previous years,” said Cairul Hisham, attributing this to more people being at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.
After the press conference, SWM Environment presented certificates of appreciation to members of the media, including Star Venesa reporters Devi, Yee Xiang Yun and Remar Nordin for their reporting on cleanliness and environmental issues in Johor.