New requirement to curb illegal dumping


By CY LEE

An MPKj officer observing a bulldozer that was seized from an illegal dumpsite in Kampung Sungai Serai during an operation in June. — Filepic

ILLEGAL disposal of industrial waste remains a big problem in Kajang.

To combat this, the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) is introducing a new rule requiring factories to disclose the contractors hired to deal with waste and their disposal methods before their business licences could be renewed.

MPKj president Datuk Zulkefli Khalid said the requirement would take effect next year and this had been discussed with factory owners and associations.

At the council’s full board meeting yesterday, Zulkefli said the requirement would apply to new licence applications as well as renewals.

He warned that enforcement would be carried out to ensure compliance.

“Factories have always been handling their own bulk waste management but we will be making some changes and we will be able to recommend approved contractors in their area,” he said.

The requirement, which would allow MPKj to track and work towards solving the illegal rubbish dumping problem in the area, would be discussed further during the committee meeting stage, he added.

Zulfekli said MPKj was trying to reduce expenditure and would take stern action against illegal dumping.

He said it was pointless to continue footing the bill to clear up illegal dumpsites which were a recurring problem.

The council spent about RM100,000 to clean up four dumpsites this year --- two in Bandar Mahkota Cheras and two in Semenyih.

“We will not compromise when taking action against the offenders.

“We will now seize vehicles involved in illegal rubbish dumping for one month and will not accept any appeal to return the confiscated vehicles before the end of the stated period,” he said.

Up until Aug 21, two excavators and seven lorries were seized and 28 compounds issued under the Collection, Discard and Disposal of Garbage by-law (MPKj) 2007, he added.

Zulkefli said the council would also be raising the matter of increasing the RM1,000 compound for illegal dumping to RM10,000 or higher at the state government level.

At the full board meeting, he also announced that the council would continue offering a discount on outstanding parking compounds until Sept 30.

He urged the public to take advantage of the flat rate of RM20 fine and they could pay at the council’s main counter, 24-hour machines or through the Smart Selangor Parking and Flexi Parking mobile applications.

On dengue, Zulkefli said Hulu Langat had the second-highest number of cases in Selangor.

While the total number of cases since January had surpassed 7,100 cases, it was lower than the number of cases recorded — over 10,000 cases — for the same corresponding period last year.

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