AN initiative by the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) to give cash to informants who report on illegal waste dumping activities has shown results.
The number of illegal dumping spots has decreased drastically ever since the system was introduced in 2015.
Balakong assemblyman Eddie Ng said credit should also be given to the council’s “spy team” who are deployed round-the-clock to check on illegal dumping.
Ng said every informant who provided photographic or video evidence of the activity and particulars of vehicles found dumping waste at a particular spot was given RM500.
In 2015, a total of RM48,000 was given out to them, RM70,000 last year and RM16,500 so far this year.
“Besides that, the council has also received information from 75 people on illegal dumping since last year.
“These people either contacted me, the local councillors or MPKj whenever they spotted illegal dumping,” he said in a press conference at Taman Indah, Batu 11 Cheras.
Ng added that 268 vehicles were involved in illegal dumping in 2015, 138 last year and 98 so far this year.
“The vehicle owners who committed the offences for the first time were fined RM1,500 for each offence, their vehicles impounded for 15 days and they also had to pay the storage charge.
“Vehicles of repeat offenders will be kept for a month. They will also have to pay the storage charge and be charged in court,” he said.
Ng added that the number of commercial waste dumping spots reduced from eight in the last two years to only two now.
He said the reduction in illegal dumping activity was a reflection of the good cooperation between the council and the public.