Routine: A garbage truck unloading rubbish into one of the compactors at the Taman Beringin transfer station. -Photo by AZLINA ABDULLAH
IN JUST a little over three weeks, Alam Flora has managed to turn around the mess left by the previous operator of the Taman Beringin transfer station which was abruptly abandoned on Dec 20 last year.
Alam Flora Sdn Bhd Federal Territories manager Sahrani Kasim said it was a mammoth task for his team to rectify the damage left by the previous operator, but was glad the situation had been stabilised.
On Dec 20, it was discovered that over 250 tonnes of rubbish was dumped on the side of the Middle Ring Road II (MRR2) Highway near the Taman Beringin rubbish transfer station.
The company had abandoned the station and locked its gate, preventing contractors from entering the station.
A transfer station is a rubbish collection point where waste is compacted and then loaded onto larger trucks for transportation to a landfill.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) roped in Alam Flora to help with the clean-up and the latter was eventually given the responsibility of running the station until a new operations company was appointed.
During a site visit to the station yesterday, which was also attended by representatives from the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) and the Kuala Lumpur Tak Nak Incinerator (KTI) Action Committee, Sahrani revealed that all four rubbish compactors (hoppers) were broken down when Alam Flora was appointed as the temporary operators on Dec 21.
“None of the hoppers were working and about 7,000 tonnes of rubbish had been strewn across the parking and compactor platform area.
“The stench was unbearable and we still had to deal with the 2,500 to 3,000 tonnes of garbage that arrived daily at the station.
“When we took over, nothing was in working condition,” said Sahrani during the briefing.
Alam Flora rectified the problem by first clearing out the 7,000 tonnes of rubbish within eight days and repairing two of the hoppers to be able to run at 50% capacity 24 hours a day.
Department of National Solid Waste Management (under the Housing and Local Government Ministry) principal assistant director Muhammad Zaini Hasnan, who was also present at the briefing, said Alam Flora would take over the remainder of the contract originally given to the previous operator until March 31 this year.
“During this period, Alam Flora is tasked to oversee the entire transfer station operations as well as fully repair all four hoppers and other equipment which were not functioning.
“All costs, would later be billed to DBKL,” he said, adding that an open tender system for the new operators would begin on April 1.
Once all four hoppers are up and running, the station can manage 1,700 tonnes of rubbish daily, which Sahrani said was still not enough but can be managed with a proper system in place.
Meanwhile, Suhakam commissioner James Nayagam said he was appalled and shocked to discover the previous operators had left the station in a deplorable state and urged the Government and DBKL to come down hard on them.
KTI secretary Andy Ng added
that the group would add the
facts from the site visit into its memorandum, which would be handed to the Prime Minister next month when the movement marches to Putrajaya against the plan to construct an incinerator in Kepong.