JOHOR BARU: Johor Baru, Pasir Gudang and Iskandar Puteri areas recorded the highest number of illegal dumpsites in the state with 189 sites as of this month.
Johor Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation Sdn Bhd (SWCorp) director Cairul Hisham Jalaluddin said despite repeated efforts to clean up the sites, illegal dumping was rampant at 88 out of the 189 sites.
“Most of the illegal dumpsites are located in the three areas because of construction activities, ” he said.
Cairul said Muar district had the second highest number of illegal dumpsites in Johor.
“Of the 34 here, 14 are repeat sites for illegal dumping activities, ” he said.
He said this was followed by Kulai with 16 illegal dumpsites, of which nine were repeat sites, Kluang (15 illegal dumpsites with two repeat sites) and Batu Pahat (seven illegal dumpsites with five repeat sites).
“About 90% of the 189 illegal dumpsites in Johor are used by irresponsible parties including contractors and construction companies to dispose construction waste, ’’ said Cairul.
He said they dumped the garbage at the illegal dumpsites, with no concern for those living in the area or the damage to the environment.
He noted that most dumped the waste in isolated areas hidden from public view, usually near secondary jungles and near the riverbank instead of at the landfills.
He said 24 cases of illegal dumping had been resolved so far, with penalties totalling RM193,000 issued to companies found guilty and one accused jailed for a year for failing to pay the fine.
“We are now gathering more evidence for some other cases.
“This usually takes between six and 12 months, ’’ said Cairul.
He said from November this year, developers have to separate their concrete and wooden construction waste and only use the services of registered companies for disposal.
He said they also had to separate this from the domestic waste generated by their workers at the construction sites, adding that legal action would be taken against those who fail to comply with the ruling.
He said the Seelong sanitary landfill catered to construction waste from Johor Baru, Iskandar Puteri and Kulai while the Tanjung Langsat landfill was for waste form Pasir Gudang.
Cairul said those caught dumping waste illegally will be prosecuted under Section 71(2) of the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007 (Act 672) that carries a minimum fine of RM10,000 and a maximum of RM100,000, or a jail term of six months to five years.
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