ONLY five out of about 30 “tyre-boiling” or pyrolysis operators can continue their operations after its operating procedures are upgraded.
Perak Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the three-month grace period had ended and the five approved operators had upgraded their factories to use a kiln system to extract industrial oil, carbon black and steel from used tyres.
“Three other companies will also be allowed to operate once they have upgraded their factories.
“The remaining factories will need to cease operations,” he told journalists after chairing a meeting with the industry players and the Department of Environment at the state secretariat building on Wednesday.
“The local council will get a court order issued to the remaining operators,” he said.
Dr Mah stressed that the pyrolysis operators had been given ample time to upgrade their factories and the state would not entertain any appeal from them.
He said the rotating kiln system would be the standard operating system used by the operators and the conventional way of “cooking” tyres would need to stop.
“The state is also not allowing new applications to operate these factories. This is one way that the state can reduce pollution,” he said.
Also present at the meeting were the department’s director Abdul Razak Abdul Manap, Malaysian Association of Tyre Retreaders and Dealers president Tan Heong Thong and Persatuan Pyrolysis Minyak Perak chairman Datuk Chah Kok Hua.
Abdul Razak said the department would step up enforcement efforts by conducting patrols at areas with these illegal pyrolysis plants.
“Some think they can operate elsewhere, away from public view. Some are even operating at quarries.
“We will, however, increase our patrols to nab these operators and take the necessary action,” he said.