SELAYANG Municipal Council (MPS) is considering turning illegal dumpsites into proper areas for dumping rubbish in its effort to deal with the increasing number of open burning cases originating from illegal sites.
MPS president Shamsul Shahril Badliza Mohd Noor said the council had identified 18 hotspots so far, with many being illegal dumpsites that had caught fire due to improper waste disposal.
“Our enforcement personnel are constantly patrolling these areas but it is challenging as we have a huge area to oversee.
“In February alone, we seized seven lorries carrying construction waste and rubbish, suspected to be involved in illegal rubbish dumping activities, ” he said during the council’s monthly full board meeting yesterday.
In an effort to address the rampant dumping, Shamsul said MPS and Selangor government were looking at the possibility of converting some of these dumpsites into legal dumping spots.
“This would deter people from dumping illegally and prevent open burning incidents in these areas, ” he said, adding that there were seven cases in January and eight in February.
Some open burning cases also stemmed from farmers illegally clearing land, said Shamsul.
On a suggestion by councillor Sulaiman Abu Samah to use drones to monitor open burning, Shamsul said it was too expensive.
“We had discussed the feasibility of utilising drones to monitor illegal dumping and open burning, similar to those being used to catch water polluters.
“But this would cost us up to RM1mil, which is a high expenditure, ” he said.
He warned that MPS would take stern action and urged the public to report any illegal dumping activities in their area.
On another matter, it was announced that some 40% of property owners had registered via the MyMPS app or mymps.mps.gov.my portal for the digital version of their assessment tax.
This comprises 19,740 individuals and 778 companies out of a total of 200,000 registered property owners.
“This amounts to about RM2.3mil in assessment tax, which is a good start as MPS started sending digital assessment bills to all registered property owners late last year, ” Shamsul said.
Meanwhile, MPS wants to hear suggestions from the people as it prepares the 2022 annual budget.
Shamsul said residents’ ideas and comments would help the local council plan better.
“To ensure an inclusive budget, we welcome the public to give their suggestions and ideas.
“Those who wish to make a suggestion can do so from March 1 to 31 via MPS’ website www.mps.gov.my, ” he said.