Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has introduced the use of recycling reverse vending machines (RRVM) to encourage recycling among the public.
According to Bernama, Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah said as a start, the city hall will place 1 unit of the automatic recycling machine has been placed at the bus stop in front of Menara DBKL 2, Jalan Raja Laut to see the suitability and effectiveness of its use for three months.
He said the initiative will then be expanded to have more units of the recycling machine placed at popular spots in the city such as on routes where people get on public transportation as well as tourist venues such as the Saloma link pedestrian bridge and Dataran Merdeka.
“Small rubbish such as plastic bottles, paper, aluminium cans can be disposed of into the automatic recycling machine and members of the public will be rewarded with five sen for each of the recycled items, which will be transferred into their bank account,” he said.
Mahadi said the project is a collaboration between DBKL and Orie Engineering Sdn Bhd and he hopes that city dwellers will make use of the 220-litre machine to recycle their rubbish and help the city to tackle illegal waste disposal.
When asked about the claim made by Pasar Dato Keramat traders that the developer appointed by DBKL had failed to redevelop the market after more than 5 years, Mahadi said he had instructed DBKL’s Economic Planning and Development Department to prioritise the reviewing of the project so that it could be expedited.
“I will have to find out the reason for the delay as it involves an agreement with a third party,” he said.
On 11 June, another fire broke out and destroyed a shop lot at Pasar Dato Keramat (old market) in Jalan Keramat Dalam here, after more than 40 shops were burnt down in March last year.
Nonetheless, in March this year, project director for Sinotech Properties Development Sdn Bhd, Mohd Zaili Mohd Zainordin said the redevelopment project was expected to start in 2024 in stages.
He revealed that according to the plan, a modern market equipped with multi-storey parking facilities as well as space for the wet and dry market would be constructed at the Perlis Satu Public Housing site next to the old market.
He added that the new market could accommodate 333 traders.
The blocks of serviced apartments that consist of 1,200 units would be constructed on the original site of Pasar Dato Keramat and the entire project would take between 5 to 7 years to complete.