Penang’s Sungai Pinang Cluttered With 1000kg Of Waste Daily Including Sofas & Food Containers

As we all know, Sungai Pinang is a major river in Penang. Although it holds such a name, Sungai Pinang also used to be one of the 10 dirtiest rivers in Penang. Just yesterday, Penang state executive councillor Zairil Khir Johari revealed that an average of 1 tonne of litter is extracted from the Sungai Pinang log boom each day.

An Average Of 1000kg Litter Extracted From Sungai Pinang Log Boom, Daily

The said log boom that is installed behind SJK (T) Jalan Sungai ends up collecting about 1000kg of waste on a daily basis. These include plastic waste like food containers and plastic bottles. Furniture pieces such as sofas, bed frames as well as refrigerators are found there as well.

Sungai Pinang River LitterPhoto: @Zairil Khir Johari (Facebook)

Cleaning works are in progress but Zairil added that they are currently short-handed for a complete clean-up of the river. Thus, the State Government will be employing more manpower to clean up the river.

Sungai Pinang River LitterPhoto: @Zairil Khir Johari (Facebook)

According to Zairil, Sungai Pinang is heavily polluted mainly due to the attitudes of the citizens who treat the river as a rubbish dump to dispose of all sorts of plastic waste.

Sungai Pinang River LitterPhoto: @Zairil Khir Johari (Facebook)

He urges the public to properly dispose of litter in a nearby trash can as irresponsible littering will only end up polluting the nearby river. Meanwhile, dredging works at three parts of the river, costing RM450,000, will begin soon to clear the sediments in the river.

Sungai Pinang River LitterPhoto: @Zairil Khir Johari (Facebook)

It’s Important To Properly Dispose Of All Litter

So, fellow Penangites, let’s all be responsible citizens and learn to properly dispose of any litter. A small effort will always go a long way.

Source: YB Zairil Khir Johari 

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