UNDERCOVER enforcement officers from Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) nabbed two waste contractors who illegally disposed of construction refuse on government land.
The contractors’ covert activities were detected after construction waste started emerging in hidden areas in the city and SWCorp started placing officers in plain clothes at the sites to catch the perpetrators in the act.
The operations proved fruitful when SWCorp caught the culprits red-handed at two different locations.
The offenders were charged at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on Dec 9 for dumping waste illegally.
Both pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay a fine of RM10,000, failing which they would face a jail term of four months.
They were charged under Section 71 (1) of the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007 (Act 672) that carried a minimum fine of RM10,000 and maximum of RM100,000 or a jail term of six months to five years.
“We hope this will serve as a lesson to anyone intending to dump waste illegally, that our officers are watching their every move, ” said SWCorp Federal Territories director Mohd Zahir Shaari.
Several months ago, construction debris started appearing on two plots of land belonging to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) in Jalan 1/2B, Taman Sri Murni near the Middle Ring Road II (MRRII) and Lot 16, Jalan Lombong in Taman Miharja, Kuala Lumpur.
As the culprits were dumping waste in the wee hours of the morning, DBKL could not catch them in the act.
SWCorp, which is the waste regulator in Kuala Lumpur, was called to investigate the matter.
“We knew someone was dumping construction waste but we did not know who or where it came from.
“You can catch the people dumping (waste) or their employers by studying the waste being dumped, similar to the Foodpanda incident where the company’s food delivery bags were dumped in a jungle in Gombak, Kuala Lumpur.
“But with construction waste, it is hard to find the perpetrators, so we had to catch them in the act, ” Zahir said, adding that the offenders were ambushed and caught off-guard.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan was pleased that the culprits were caught and punished for their misdeeds.“They just want to avoid paying the tipping fees, that is why they dispose of the rubbish illegally, ” he said.
The tipping fee is a fee paid to anyone who disposes waste in a landfill.
The fee helps the landfill operator carry out maintenance and pay for operational costs.
For the disposal of construction waste from Kuala Lumpur, it costs about RM30 per lorry and waste is usually disposed of at the Sungai Kertas landfill.
Tipping fee charges are RM49 (Bukit Tagar in Selangor), RM48 (Taman Beringin in Jinjang) and RM30 (Sungai Kertas in Selayang).
When asked if the developers who hired waste contractors found guilty of illegally dumping construction waste would be taken to task, Nor Hisham said, “It is the small developers who are doing it.
“In any case, developers applying for planning permission are required to follow the rules, otherwise we will take action, ” he added.