KUALA LUMPUR: The Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) has increased its recycling rate target in the seven states under its supervision to 40% by 2025.
SWCorp research and technology division director Zulkifli Tamby Chik is confident of achieving the target following the increase in the collection of recycled goods, apart from having reached the target of 30% this year.
“Based on our data, there has been a significant increase in recycling collection in 2020 compared with 2019.
“For example, the total collection of recycled items in May was 307.63 tonnes compared with 163.15 tonnes during the same month last year,” he told Bernama.
Zulkifli said the positive trend was also significant during implementation of the movement control order (MCO) since March, due to better awareness among the public, hence reducing the amount of solid waste sent to landfills.
“Despite the closure of other services (such as recycling centres) during the MCO, there has been an increase in the items for recycling,” he said.
The positive development also helped reduce solid waste generation by 40% during MCO, he said.
“During the conditional movement control order period, the solid waste generation dropped to 209,207 tonnes and during the recovery MCO, it further dropped to 166,058 tonnes,” he said.
SWCorp is responsible for regulating solid waste management and public cleansing in Kedah, Perlis, Kuala Lumpur, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor.
It also regulates the disposal of solid waste at the Tertak Batu landfill in Terengganu.