Eye sore: Many dumped their rubbish including furniture, turning it into a rubbish dumping ground along Jalan Sagu 36 in Taman Daya , Johor Baru. - filepic
PONTIAN: The Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (PPSPPA) will not hesitate to take legal action against offenders of illegal dumping.
Its chief executive officer Datuk Ab Rahim Md Noor said currently there were 400 illegal dumping sites nationwide from 800 sites identified in 2013.
“We have managed to reduce the number by half in the first three months of this year and target to achieve zero illegal dumping sites by the end of 2014,” he said.
Ab Rahim said this when met at the launch of recycle clubs for 1,174 primary and secondary schools in Johor at SMK Datuk Penggawa Barat here recently.
He said most of the rubbish and waste dumped at the 400 illegal dump sites
were from the manufacturing activities and from construction related work by developers.
He said the state local authorities have designated certain places in their jurisdiction for factories and contractors to dispose their waste but many still preferred to dump their rubbish indiscriminately.
“Secluded spots and dead ends are the favourite for these culprits to dump their rubbish as well as areas which are hidden and not easily accessible,” said Ab Rahim.
He said most of the offenders would dump their rubbish during the wee hours of the day as they knew that their action would not be detected by the relevant authorities.
Ab Rahim said night market traders were also found to dump their waste at the illegal dumping sites after winding up their businesses for the day.
“Although the local authorities already have areas for the night market traders to dispose their rubbish, many are taking the short cut by dumping the waste at the illegal dumping sites,” he added.
Ab Rahim said it was not easy to catch the culprits as they could become aggressive when approached by the PPSPPA enforcement officers.
“There are cases where our men were beaten by these people when we demanded them to show their identification cards or documents,” he said.
Ab Rahim said in the future, PPSPPA would forward its request to the police to assist its enforcement officers in their operations to nab the offenders.