Ting (centre) asked UTS student council to collaborate with the municipality on tackling the waste problem.
DOMESTIC waste collection in Sibu, Sarawak, may be reduced from the current three times a week, to two.
Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting said the move might be adopted to get residents to be mindful about the amount of waste they generated.
“The reason for this (reducing waste collection frequency) is very simple. We are trying to discourage people from producing so much rubbish.
“Don’t buy so many things. Don’t create so much waste. This is our message to you (the public),” he said when receiving the University of Technology Sarawak (UTS) Students Council at his office.
Ting said SMC might have to resort to such a move as the public landfill in Kemuyang had almost reached its capacity.
He hoped a collaborative effort between SMC and UTS could be established to look into reducing the pressure put on landfills.
During his recent visit to Singapore for the World City Summit, Ting said discussions on climate change, sustainability and carbon reduction were prominent.
He emphasised the importance of raising awareness and shaping government policies on environmental matters.
“I hope UTS can take a more active role in collaborating with SMC by organising seminars and inviting experts to discuss sustainable practices, waste management and environmental conservation,” he said.
Ting said this responsibility laid not only with the university but also the entire community.
He added that UTS needed to collaborate with SMC to drive public awareness to reduce waste for the sake of future generations.
He said the university should serve as a beacon for change and urged students to become advocates for a greener future.