THE IPOH City Council means business when it says it will take litterbugs to task.
After waiting for days near a site known for frequent illegal dumping along Lengkok Canning in Ipoh Garden here, plainclothes enforcement officers finally caught an elderly woman red-handed unloading galangal plants from her vehicle and dumping them by the roadside.
A City Council spokesman said the woman, believed to be in her late 60s, was told to clear up the garden refuse and take it back in her car in the incident last Friday.
“She gave all sorts of excuses including that it was her first time. She also questioned why others could do so but she couldn’t.
“We made her clean up the refuse and let her off on a stern warning. Had it not been for her advanced age, we would have issued her a fine,” he said.
According to the spokesman, the council had only just cleared away a mound of rubbish including household waste and unwanted furniture along Lengkok Canning after The Star highlighted the problem on Tuesday.
“Almost immediately, the dumping has started again.
“As we were taking action against the woman, several other motorists were seen stopping their vehicles with the intention of throwing rubbish.
“They probably realised who we were and got a bit scared, and quickly drove off.
“Hopefully, seeing action being taken against another litterbug will make them rethink their practice and deter them from littering after this,” he said.
A day after enforcement officers caught the woman dumping her garden refuse, a nearby resident was caught throwing rubbish there.
“No fine was issued, but the man was made to take home his bag of rubbish.
“Unfortunately, some old furniture was discarded there overnight without us knowing,” the spokesman said.
He added that further clean-up exercises will be carried out next week and a “No Littering” sign will be put up.
“Our Anti-Litter Unit is serious about putting a stop to illegal dumping. We will continue to watch out for litterbugs around the clock. Not only will fines be issued, we will make them clean up their rubbish,” he said.