How To Sort Your Trash To Avoid RM 1k Fine

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On 14 May 2016, The Rakyat Post  reported that fines up to RM 1,000 would be imposed by Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) upon households who fail to separate their trash effectively. Currently, this law involves Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Kedah and Perlis.

How It Works

Dry waste such as paper, plastic, glass and other recyclable materials should be grouped together in a bag and placed next to the rubbish bin, while wet or residual garbage such as leftovers, soiled diapers and dead plants should be concealed in a plastic bag and placed in the rubbish bin.

Certain housing areas in KL might receive coloured bins for the 3 subgroups of recyclables, such as paper, plastic and glass. As for the collection schedule, wet waste will be collected twice a week, and recyclables will be picked up once a week.

Unfortunately, it seems like our government’s efforts to increase awareness and improve waste management across Malaysia hasn’t been regarded seriously, as households are still ignoring efforts to recycle. Maybe it’s because many Malaysians aren’t sure what types of waste are considered as recyclable and what is not. The infographic here clearly explains what types of waste should be recycled and what should be thrown into your trash can.

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Know What You Can And Can’t Recycle

Oh, you’d be surprised at the junk people actually throw into recycling bins. Not everything can be recycled. Plastic, glass, newspapers and magazines can be recycled but things like banana peels, rice, light bulbs and broken glass are definitely non-recyclable. For such items, secure them in a garbage bag and leave them inside the rubbish bin.

Commit To Recycling

It’s easier to adopt the habit of recycling when everyone in the house is committed to it. Parents should start schooling their kids on the pros of recycling, and everyone in the house should play a role in setting aside empty plastic or glass bottles and old newspapers so that it becomes a household habit.

Now that wasn’t so difficult, wasn’t it? Have a go at it and let us know what you think. If you have any feedback or tips to share, please drop us a comment below! Recycling is one way to tidy your place. You also have to make sure that your live in maid or part time cleaners are educated about how to sort the trash to avoid getting fined RM 1,000. Perhaps you can share our infographic with them so they can understand what needs to be done.

Should you also invest in professional cleaners from Kaodim to clean up your house and clear your trash for you, it’s important that you remind them of our new recycling requirements too!

If you need extra help getting someone to do the dirty work of sorting out your trash while cleaning your house, get quotes on cleaning services in your area from Kaodim.


written by Carissa Gan


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