Jurisdiction review to solve waste disposal woes

Yee showing a makeshift barricade put up by an industrial lot owner to prevent illegal rubbish dumping.

AS KUALA Lumpur endeavours to project a First World city identity, the commercial and industrial area of Taman Usahawan Kepong in the federal capital paints a different picture.

Mounds of rubbish by the roadside and in the back alleys are a common sight, causing unbearable stench to permeate the air while also being an eyesore.

As if that is not enough, some trash piles are big enough that they block vehicle access in some back lanes, even as other piles take up space in carparks.

A check by StarMetro identified at least eight spots in the area which were used to dump industrial and domestic wastes.

In some back lanes, there were makeshift barricades erected with signs to warn against dumping waste at the site.

Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping estimated there to be about 700 units of medium industrial lots and offices.

“This problem of illegal dumping is not new here. It has been going on for about two decades now.

“We urge the authorities to step in and resolve this long-standing issue,” he said.

He said Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had previously engaged Alam Flora Sdn Bhd to service the area 20 years ago.

“There used to be bins placed at several locations here by Alam Flora and they collected the rubbish from the bins on a regular basis.

“This was until it was instructed by DBKL to stop the service and remove the bins due to a by-law which stated that DBKL was not responsible for servicing the area,” Yee said.

He referred to the Refuse Collection, Removal and Disposal (FT) By-laws 1981, which stated that “industrial or commercial waste shall be disposed of by the respective establishments at one of the dumping grounds maintained by the commissioner or in the manner directed by the commissioner”.

Yee said DBKL then instructed Alam Flora to collect the rubbish in the area only once a week, but this was only as part of its corporate social responsibility.

“And the rubbish was to be treated as illegal industrial wastes,” he said, adding that the collection was normally done every Monday between morning and noon.

StarMetro reported the issue on May 1, 2015 and again on July 16, 2016 when the issue had persisted.

Solid Waste Management and Public Cleanliness Corporation (SWCorp) Federal Territories director Mohd Zahir Shari, when contacted, said the area was industrial and was not supposed to be serviced by Alam Flora.

“However, we instructed Alam Flora to service the area nevertheless, with the cost borne by DBKL,” he said, adding that SWCorp was gathering more information on the location.

DBKL Corporate Planning Department director Khairul Azmir Ahmad, in a statement to StarMetro, said under the Trade, Commercial and Industrial Licensing By-law 2016 of the Local Government Act 1976, owners of industrial premises must manage and dispose of their own rubbish.

“However, DBKL is reviewing if the area should be serviced and the matter has been forwarded to SWCorp for consideration,” he said.

He added that the Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Solid Waste 2018 law, which came into effect in August 2018, put such areas under SWCorp’s jurisdiction.

On another issue, Yee said the unit owners in Taman Usahawan Kepong had yet to get their strata titles.

“The developer went bankrupt more than 20 years ago and the Joint Management Body (JMB) was largely ineffective.

“The JMB was toothless and it was also unable to appoint a third party to manage the rubbish collection,” he added.

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