RM50,000 fine for operating illegal solid waste facility

Piles of rubbish were spotted when SWCorp officers raided the facility at Jalan Chan Sow Lin in Kuala Lumpur.

A solid waste disposal and waste management company was fined RM50,000 at the Jalan Duta Sessions Court for operating a solid waste management facility without a licence.

Federal Territories Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) brought the company to court for violating Section 14(1)(b) of Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007 (Act 672).

It carries a minimum fine of RM50,000 and a maximum fine of RM100,000 or a jail term of up to five years, or both, if found guilty.

SWCorp’s enforcement unit conducted a check on the company’s premises in Kuala Lumpur on April 2,2019 and found that it was operating as a solid waste management transfer station without a licence from the National Solid Waste Management Department (JPSPN).

As such, the premises was shut down.

SWCorp said the enforcement operation was conducted after it received several complaints that the premises was emitting a foul stench.

Its spokesman said another operation was conducted on April 11,2019 to gather more evidence that the transfer station was operating illegally.

“The fine on the company is the highest thus far, ” the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, Federal Territories SWCorp director Mohd Zahir Shari stressed that those who want to operate a solid waste management facility must obtain prior approval from JPSPN through SWCorp.

“This is to ensure all guidelines are followed, ” he said. — By JAROD LIM

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