THE waste contractor caught red-handed dumping grass clippings from Selangor into Kuala Lumpur territory last week has been terminated by its employer.
In an email statement to StarMetro, Roadcare (M) Sdn Bhd said the company terminated the services of the contractor responsible for the incident.
Roadcare chief operating officer Datuk Wan Imran Wan Omar said: “Roadcare (M) Sdn Bhd has investigated the allegations in the StarMetro article ‘Cross-the-border dumping’ on March 26 that waste comprising grass cuttings were being disposed of improperly and illegally.
“We have terminated the services of the contractor responsible with immediate effect,’’ he said.
“Roadcare does not condone any improper disposal of waste or illegal dumping in any form, and is firmly committed to complying with all local, state, and federal regulations and laws.
“Our contractors are required to dispose of waste from road maintenance activities only in disposal sites that have been approved and authorised by local authorities and Roadcare. We regret the actions of this contractor and will ensure this does not occur again in the future.”
Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) enforcement officers caught a contractor hired by Roadcare dumping the waste along Jalan Kubur in Taman Sri Murni, Kuala Lumpur, at 2am on March 21.
The contractor’s lorry was seized and according to SWCorp Federal Territories director Mohd Zahir Shaari, he was in the process of opening an investigation paper over the matter.
“We have already recorded his (the contractor’s) statement and we will call in Roadcare to get the company’s statement too,” Mohd Zahir said, adding that the agency hoped to wrap up the investigation soon.
Road maintenance company Roadcare was hired by the Public Works Department (JKR) to maintain general cleanliness of federal roads and drains as well as cut grass in Selangor.
Roadcare’s job scope includes cutting grass at prescribed areas within road reserves and clearing vegetation on paved surfaces.
It is also tasked with routine maintenance work along road shoulders, patching potholes as well as cleaning culverts, bridges, waterways and drains.
The company was awarded the concession for maintenance works in Selangor, Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan by JKR.
The dumping case is being investigated under Section 71 (1) of the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007 (Act 672).
The culprits can be prosecuted and fined a minimum of RM10,000 and maximum RM100,000 or jailed a minimum of six months and up to five years, or both.
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