BAGS of rubbish have reappeared along Hala Keledang Emas hardly a day after workers from the Ipoh City Council cleared away 23 lorry loads of junk from there.
The discovery of a new pile of waste was a disheartening sight for Taman Keledang Emas residents who for years have been tolerating the ugly sight and stench from rubbish that keeps piling up by the roadside.
Resident V. Rajaratnam, 65, said the rubbish would pile up no matter how many times the council cleaned up the area.
“It is a never ending story.
“Litterbugs come on their motorcycles, cars and even lorries to dispose their rubbish without a care for those living here.
“Sad to say, there are also residents here who do the same,” he said.
On Monday, about 50 council workers spent over four hours clearing up the massive piles of household waste, construction waste, furniture and garden refuse along the road.
Less than 24 hours later, bags of rubbish were found dumped at the site again.
Another resident, who wished to remain unidentified, said he had seen people discarding lorry loads of construction waste at night.
“Some are even not afraid to dump rubbish there in broad daylight.
“They don’t care if others see them doing it,” said the 44-year-old salesman, adding that the council workers had found two refrigerators in the mounds of rubbish in their latest clean-up exercise.
Council secretary Mohd Zakuan Zakaria, who was present to monitor the work carried out by the workers on Monday, said the council was facing an uphill task in its quest to clear illegal dumpsites within its jurisdiction.
“Currently, the number of illegal dumpsites in the city stands at 1,163.
“We will clear illegal dumpsites that we come across or when someone informs us about them.
“However, the city will never be free of illegal dumpsites as long as people continue to litter irresponsibly,” he said.