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PETALING JAYA: Residents here can expect a cleaner city soon.
Mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman said the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) will be hiring more contractors in March to keep the city clean.
The number of cleansing services contractors will increase to 98 from the current 66; domestic waste collection contractors from 23 to 32; and garden waste contractors to 20 from 10.
He said RM57.5 million from the council's 2012 budget had been allocated to hire more contractors, buy more bins, run recycling activities, and to carry out stricter enforcement against litter bugs in its anti-litterbug campaign.
"The council is looking forward to engaging the public in helping to look after the cleanliness of the city through its Clean Zone expansion programme," said Roslan at the Petaling Jaya Community Premier Award dinner.
He said the award was given annually to show the council's appreciation of the community's effort in creating a green, sustainable, safe and a peaceful neighbourhood.
Also present at the ceremony was Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
They were 13 participants in the contest for the Petaling Jaya Sustainable Community Initiative Awards and Community Premier Awards.
The winners of the five categories in the Petaling Jaya Sustainable Community Initiative Awards took home a RM3,000 development grant, a trophy, and a certificate each.
As for Petaling Jaya Community Premier Award, the first, second and their placed winners each received home development grants worth RM50,000, RM25,000 and RM10,000 respectively, trophies and certificates.