BDA may take over waste collection
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BINTULU: The Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) may take over the waste collection if the current contractor is unable to meet the requirements.
BDA general manager Datu Mohidin Ishak said at present the contractor does not have sufficient lorry drivers and loaders.
“BDA is empowering its manpower such as providing more trucks in case Trienekens could not meet the requirements as stipulated in the contract.
“BDA is also ready to assist them in getting lorry drivers from outside, especially in giving endorsement,” he said during the BDA Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house yesterday.
Mohidin said it is now up to the company to sort out its manpower problem, which has caused some residential areas to be affected by collection delays for quite some time.
“Should they be unable to do the job, when problems still persist, we will see what we can improve — either terminating their contract or they terminate it themselves.
“We are ready to assist them although they are our contractor and of course we have a contractual obligation so there are some things that they have to do and if not we will take action, it’s normal in any contract administration,” he said.
Mohidin added that part of the problem could be the fast pace of development here.
“Lots of thing in Bintulu are affected by fast development and people are finding it difficult to get manpower.
“This is affecting a lot of service industries here now, and I think waste management also is being affected,” he said.
He pointed out that the contractor is paid based on the volume and weight of rubbish collected for the day, hence it is actually in the company’s interest to collect more waste.
Mohidin added that vast development here has meant more job opportunities have been created so qualified workers can always move on to better prospects.
Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd is the appointed contractor to provide collection and transportation services for both municipal and residential waste here.