Lee (seated second from left) speaking to reporters on the pilot project.

MIRI: Miri City Council (MCC) has teamed up with Sarawak Rivers Board Miri to carry out a pilot project as part of their effort to reduce waste discharged into rivers.

The first rubbish trap was installed on Tuesday under Piasau Bridge.

Another rubbish trap would be placed under the Lutong Bridge next month, said Sarawak Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

During a visit to Piasau Bridge yesterday, Lee described the recycling methods used in making the rubbish trap as something efficient and cost effective.

Lee (seated second from left) speaking to reporters on the pilot project.

“Total cost involved in making the rubbish trap was less than RM600…it only costs about RM585 for them to come up with all the components,” Lee said.

According to Lee, the main purpose the traps were installed was to reduce the rubbish discharged into rivers.

Lee said they were also mulling a plan to install rubbish traps at the main drainage within the city.

Also present were Sarawak Rivers Board acting controller Lt-Col Ding Tiew Wong, Sarawak Rivers Board Northern Region assistant controller Leonard Luhat Laing and MCC’s Sustainable Development Committee chairman Cr Karambir Singh.