Waste separation at source, which came into effect for landed residential homes in 2015, will be enforced for commercial establishments in January next year. This means that establishments such as hotels, shopping centres, shops and even offices, will have to prepare their waste at source to ensure that recyclable waste such as paper, glass and plastic are separated accordingly. How much of an impact will this move have on businesses as a whole? Do you foresee any hiccups in its implementation? I don’t think it will be a big success yet. Although the directive has been in place all this while for residential areas, in some states, enforcement is still lacking. I live in Setapak, and I’m embarrassed to admit that we do not separate our waste. I keep waiting for the day when we are actually reprimanded or taken to task for it but yet, nothing so far. I’m sure that day will come when I will be compelled to separate my waste but it won’t be today, or even tomorrow for that matter.
AZIM ABDULLAH What is frustrating is that while I separate my waste, I don’t see my neighbours doing it. How do I know this? Easy. I take out several bags and label them accordingly. There’s one for paper, one for plastic, etc. But my neighbours all wheel out one giant bag, which obviously mean that nothing is being done on their end.
It’s frustrating when you seem to be the only one who is trying to do the right thing.
TRINI YEOH I think this will be more effective than the initiative in residential areas. Businesses are way easier to supervise and they stand to lose a lot more if they are penalised. If the authorities do this right, we could see a huge reduction in non-recyclable waste which will hopefully lead to less space being taken up in our already choking landfills.
HANNA ISMAILI This shouldn’t be too hard to enforce at businesses such as eateries. I know some places already do this. Some fast food restaurants I know have also decided to do this of their own accord. I find that when places provide separate bins for different types of waste, Malaysians will generally go along and throw rubbish accordingly. But at home, it’s a different story altogether.