Miri launches device to prevent rubbish pollution in rivers, ocean

Lee (front, centre), with MCC and SRB officers giving their thumb’s up to the project.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Feb 21: The city has embarked on a pilot project of installing rubbish trap at bridges to prevent garbage from flowing into the sea and protect marine life.

The first of such waste management mechanism was installed underneath Piasau Bridge on Tuesday (Feb 18), with another rubbish trap to be installed underneath Lutong Bridge next month.


The project is a collaboration between Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB), Miri City Council (MCC)’s Sustainable Development Goals Section and the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID).

Lee (second left) speaking to the reporters.

“The total cost in making the rubbish trap was RM585. The main purpose of this project was to reduce rubbish that were discharged to the rivers and ocean.

“This mechanism is cost effective and efficient,” Sarawak Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin told reporters after visiting Piasau Bridge to view the rubbish trap here today.

The Senadin assemblyman said the council was also mulling on installing the traps at the main drainage network in the city. — DayakDaily