Illegal dumping on the road


Public littering: Two men dumped these styrofoam pieces along the road next to Hartamas Square in Ipoh.

THEY just emptied the styrofoam and plastic sheets from huge cardboard boxes on to the roadside.

The two men came in a lorry and illegally dumped the items next to Hartamas Square off Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, Ipoh, recently.

While I did not manage to record the licence plate number or other details, I could see the boxes were for refrigerators.

They took the boxes back and sped off after I stopped my car behind them and tried to snap a picture of them in the act.

What is even more appalling is these litterbugs were committing their illegal acts in broad daylight.

This illegal dumpsite was cleaned up by the authorities recently, but it returned to its sad, dirty state not long after.

Illegal dumping seems like a norm in Ipoh nowadays.

In a housing estate in Ipoh — Panaroma Lapangan Perdana — a woman was seen emptying her dustpan onto the drain covers along the main road.

Why must they treat the public areas like a dumpsite?

In fact, they are committing a dangerous act because the garbage can choke the drains and turn it into breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes.

The litterbugs should bear in mind that anybody, including themselves, could be a dengue victim, before they continue with their despicable acts.

Sifting through: Garbage collectors going through the aforementioned rubbish heap to look for items they want.
Sifting through: Garbage collectors going through the aforementioned rubbish heap to look for items they want.

Houseowners in many housing estates have treated the roadside as their dumping site.

According to some houseowners, the garbage collectors had instructed them to dump the rubbish by the roadside.

“They (collectors) said the backlanes are too narrow for the trucks to navigate through, especially when some of these lanes have been turned into parking areas.

“We are supposed to place the rubbish on the roadside in front of our house on the day of collection.

“The collection is being done on alternate days.

“However, people just dump their rubbish on the roadside any time or at their own convenience,” said a resident.

Left for collection: The rubbish heap along Lapangan Perdana 37 in Panaroma Lapangan Perdana, Ipoh.
Left for collection: The rubbish heap along Lapangan Perdana 37 in Panaroma Lapangan Perdana, Ipoh.

Some garbage collectors, who are also scavengers, go through the heaps of rubbish by the roadside to look for items they want.

They probably find it more convenient to search for items on the roadside.

For cleanliness and hygiene purposes, all garbage must be placed inside bins for collection.

There is no excuse for garbage collectors to get people to dump their rubbish by the roadside and this is something the Ipoh City Council should look into seriously.

What a mess: This backlane in Taman Shatin, Ipoh is yet another dumpsite for residents.
What a mess: This backlane in Taman Shatin, Ipoh is yet another dumpsite for residents.

The collectors should empty the bins directly into garbage trucks.

While recycling is encouraged, this does not mean that garbage collectors can just salvage items anywhere and anytime they like.

One garbage collector was seen emptying the leftover liquids in bottles on to the road along Lapangan Perdana 37 in Panaroma Lapangan Perdana, Ipoh last week before throwing the bottles into the sacks.

This is littering in public.

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