New compactors to tackle garbage woes
Published: Fri, 08 Jun 2012
SHAH ALAM: Both the Shah Alam and Petaling Jaya city councils have taken delivery of an initial batch of 50 trash compactor trucks costing RM14.5 million to improve solid waste management under their jurisdiction.
The trucks were bought by KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of government-linked company Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Berhad (KDEB), which will also be in charge of servicing and maintaining the trucks.
“Compactor trucks are on the road almost 365 days a year. As such, regular servicing and preventive maintenance are vital to minimise disruption of garbage collection services,” said KDEB board member Raja Idris Kamarudin.
(From left) Dr Halimah, Raja Idris, Yaakop, Liu and Khalid watch waste being loaded into a compactor truck.
Of the 50 compactors, MBSA will get 28, MBPJ 18 while two units will be allocated to KDEB Waste Management subsidiary Hebat Abadi Sdn Bhd and the remaining two will be used by KDEB Waste Management as backups.
The trucks will also be leased out to contractors who do not have enough trucks.
The trucks were bought from Intercoach Sdn Bhd, which sourced the vehicle parts from China and assembled them in their plant in Bukit Beruntung, Selangor.
Raja Idris said all 50 trucks will have Automated Vehicle Locating Systems (AVLS) to facilitate real-time tracking of performance and management.
“With this system, we are able to react faster to provide backup services to any breakdown of compactor trucks,” said Raja Idris during the handover ceremony near Wisma MBSA on Monday.
Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said the move was to address waste management problems in the state and urged the public to do their part to help.
“Waste management can be done properly if all parties are disciplined. People should put their waste in plastic bags before they place them in bins so that contractors will be able to load them easily,” he said.
Also present at the handover were state executive councillors Ronnie Liu, Dr Halimah Ali, Dr Yunus Hairi, Yaakob Sapari, MBSA mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan and MBPJ mayor Mohammad Roslan Sakiman.