Snag in rubbish collection


A trash compactor collecting domestic waste from back lanes as some residents are still not placing rubbish in front of their houses.

A trash compactor collecting domestic waste from back lanes as some residents are still not placing rubbish in front of their houses.

HOUSEHOLDS in Taman Palm Grove, Klang, have been told to put out their rubbish at the front of their homes for collection instead of the back.

This new arrangement follows KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd contractors taking over rubbish collection for Taman Palm Grove from Jan 1.

Notices were given about the new arrangement to residences as the new trash compactors are unable to go through the back lanes due to their size and weight.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin said the trash compactors weigh an estimated 16 to 18 tonnes and the back lanes are being damaged by these vehicles.

“We do not have the budget to raise the specifications for the lanes.

“Adding crush stones and bitumen will cost a lot. It is better for the trash compactors to use the front roads that are built at a higher specification and can withstand heavy use,” he added.

Mohamad Yasid said the collection of rubbish in the front of Taman Palm Grove commenced last week.

“Residents have been informed and we hope they will adhere to the new requirement for collection of domestic waste.

Workers collecting domestic waste from the back lanes of Taman Palm Grove, Klang.
Workers collecting domestic waste from the back lanes of Taman Palm Grove, Klang.

“MPK wants KDEB Waste Management to ensure all compactors have a tray fitted to prevent leachate from flowing onto the road,” said Mohamad Yasid, adding that no spillage should occur.

MPK corporate communications director Norfiza Mahfiz said residents should bring out their rubbish only on the designated collection days so that there would be no “unsightly piling up of bags”.

KDEB Waste Management was appointed by the Selangor Government to manage domestic waste collection and public cleansing in Klang.

Norfiza said Palm Grove is one of the last few housing areas to implement the move.

‘There are a total of 45 housing areas included in this move and so far, 39 have implemented collection from the front.

“This year, MPK started with Taman Palm Grove.

“Another four housing areas will be included in this plan before June,” she said.

Norfiza clarified that the order for the domestic waste to be placed in front of the houses was issued by MPK and not KDEB Waste Management.

“We are facing some teething problems in Taman Palm Grove as some people have been placing the rubbish in front of their houses and also across the road.

“We hope this issue will be resolved soon and the Rukun Tetangga and Residents Association will get residents to comply with the directive,” she added.

Subhash hopes domestic waste will continue to be collected from the back of properties instead of the front.
Subhash hopes domestic waste will continue to be collected from the back of properties instead of the front.

Norfiza said for Taman Palm Grove, the collection of rubbish is done on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the morning.

Mohamad Yasid added that the municipality will repair back lanes that have been damaged including broken drains.

KDEB Waste Management assistant manager, public relations and administration Johari Mohd Salleh said the company will do its best to keep Selangor clean and hopes residents will cooperate.

Taman Palm Grove (TPG) Rukun Tetangga, which represents more than 600 families in the area, wants MPK to rescind the decision.

TPG RT secretary Subhash Kumaran said most of its members are against the new arrangement.

“Residents have been putting out their domestic waste in the back lane for five decades.

“The collection is done from 5.30am onwards and with the new arrangement, the trash compactors are on residential roads which are already busy with school buses and people driving to work,” he said.

Subhash added back lanes were ideal for the collection of domestic waste.