DISPOSING of illegally dumped bulk waste is costing Klang Municipal Council (MPK) a bomb to clear.
From January to August this year, MPK Environmental Services Department director Zaireezal Ahmad Zainuddin said the council had to fork out RM1.28mil to clear 35.7 tonnes of bulk waste.
“The amount included payment for tipping, workers and for the use of tractors and lorries.
“In August alone, the council spent RM169,080. I want people to stop this illegal dumping, ” he told StarMetro.
Zaireezal said unscrupulous people dump bulk waste along road stretches or on vacant plots of land.
Some go to the extent of driving out of their neighbourhood to dump bulk waste or bags of rubbish elsewhere.
Klang folk have no more reason to dump bulk waste at undesignated areas again as MPK now provides a service to remove unwanted items free of charge.
Called Klang Proud (Prevent and Report on Unlawful Dumping), it is a campaign to curb illegal dumping through free collection of bulk waste twice a week.
The collection service is combined with cleanliness awareness campaigns in neighbourhoods.
Zaireezal said with Proud, no household should resort to dumping bulk items.
“Our council collects the bulk items for free. We do not want to see bulk waste on the roadside.
“If people live in a high-rise building, we will still do the collection but the joint management body must organise the collection and inform the council, ” he said.
Zaireezal, however, said businesses were not entitled to free bulk waste collection.
“Businesses must hire large bins from MPK to dispose of bulk items or industrial waste, ” he said.
The Klang Proud campaign would focus on five areas offering free collection and strict enforcement namely Lebuh Sultanah Alaudin (Bandar Sultan Sulaiman), Jalan Sungai Chandong (Armada Putra in Pulau Indah), Jalan Kebun Nenas (bordering Taman Sentosa and Bandar Puteri), Jalan Kuari (Kampong Bukit Kapar) and Kampong India (Perepat).
During these cleanliness campaigns, MPK staff would place bright orange 120litre bins for people to dispose of their trash.
MPK hopes people in other neighbourhoods will get the bins for their areas too.
Zaireezal said the campaign would save the council a lot of time and money to collect bulk waste compared to clearing illegal dumpsites.
“Last year, the amount of bulk waste was 49.8 tonnes and the council spent RM1.79mil to clear it.
“In 2018, we had to cart away 45.6 tonnes of illegally dumped bulk waste that cost us about RM1.64mil to clear.
“It is a sheer waste of ratepayers’ money, ” he added.Ratepayers say aye
Former sportsman Serjeet Singh, who lives in Taman Melawis, said the bad habit of illegal dumping must stop as all Klang residents deserve a clean environment to live in.
“People who want to get rid of unwanted furniture and other large items must use the council’s free collection service, ” he said, adding that they should not transfer the problem somewhere else.
Telok Menegun Village Community Management Council head Hassan Musa, 69, said illegal dumping of domestic bulk waste was an eyesore.
“Small factories that dump shredded plastic and other industrial materials illegally should be penalised too.
“I hope MPK will instal closed-circuit television cameras along Jalan Kebun Nenas in Taman Sentosa as promised, ” he added.
Kampung Sungai Udang resident Syed Putera Syed Mokhtar, 52,
said the money spent to dispose of illegally dumped waste could be put to better use.
“Residents should utilise the free bulk waste collection fully, ” he said.
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