Appeal for more waste disposal areas

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE State Legislative Council's Brunei-Muara District representative Hj Bakar Mansor yesterday called for the Ministry of Development to create more waste disposal areas in the sultanate to curb the misuse of public areas for waste disposal.

"Many areas used by the public to dispose their waste are areas that are not meant for waste disposal. This is because the allocated waste disposal areas are too far away," said Hj Bakar. "There are private companies that collect the rubbish every month and are paid money for it, but not everyone can afford this type of service."

However, the Minister of Development said waste management is a "must" in this day and age, and with it comes a price to pay.

"Whether it is affordable or not it is difficult for me to judge, but the asking price is only $25 (for waste collection) every month. Taking our lifestyle into consideration, I cannot give a judgement on whether its cheap or expensive because it seems that our people are prepared to spend more than that on less important things — in terms of priority," said Development Minister Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar.

Hj Bakar also raised concerns on the pollution caused by the landfill at Sg Akar, citing complaints from nearby residents on the smell emitted and difficult access to the infamous dumping area.

"Some public members cannot enter the dumping site because the entrance is filled with rubbish," said Hj Bakar.

He also pointed out that there have been instances where rented pick-up trucks instead of the conventional garbage trucks were used to collect waste.

Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah took both concerns into consideration.

The Ministry of Development's 2008/2009 fiscal year budget allocation of $295,373,631 was passed yesterday.

The Brunei Times