SIBU: The Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) has started to enforce RM500 anti-littering compound to offenders who are caught littering within the council’s jurisdiction with effect from July 1, 2017.

According to the Chairman of SMC Datuk Tiong Thai King, CCTVs have also been used to identify litterbugs.

“Offenders would be published in the local newspapers to create awareness among the public that the council is taking stern actions against the offenders.

“Whistle-blowers with concrete supporting evidences about the offence shall be rewarded and their identities would be kept confidential,” he said during

a full council meeting here yesterday.

From July 2017 to June 2018, Tiong revealed that the total number of compounds issued for the first half of this year stood at 449 and less than 50 per cent have paid their compounds.

He added that failing to comply or refusing to pay would result in court action to be taken against the offenders.

He stressed that the implementation of RM500 anti-littering compound fee was vital as an effort to deter the acts of littering including throwing rubbish from the car, into the drains or dumping of bulk refuse under trees or within the Central Business District (CBD) areas.

He also advised residents to place their domestic rubbish outside their house on the scheduled rubbish collection days to ensure a clean environment.