FED up with having to deal with the recurring problem of illegal dumping at Kampung Sungai Balak, Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) resorted to using reverse psychology by planting trees at a hotspot to deter dumpers.
But barely a month later, the area at Jalan Simpang Balak has become a dumping ground again.
“We had hoped that dumpers would not desecrate this green space once the area was beautified, ” said MPK Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Department assistant health officer Muhammad Nazir Awang.
Revealing that this spot had been a bane for two years, Muhammad Nazir said the council had to expend resources for monthly clean-ups and send enforcement officers to carry out surveillance at the illegal dumpsite.
A “no dumping” signboard that was put up a year ago, was also burnt by vandals.
“Over the past two years, we had issued compounds to 38 individuals for dumping illegally, ” he said.
Muhammad Nazir said a big chunk of the mostly bulk and construction wastes had been stripped bare of recyclables such as scrap metal and plastic.
What’s left are components of little value such as insulation materials found in refrigerators and the like. “What makes it worse is some of this rubbish is burned to get at items like wires, and the residue is thrown into the nearby Sungai Langat tributary, causing water pollution, ” he pointed out.
Other steps taken by the council included making it compulsory for factory owners located around the site to engage rubbish contractors under MPKj’s panel before their business licences can be approved.
Another initiative was a RM500 cash reward for whistleblowers who can capture illegal dumpers red-handed with photographic proof.
However, the reward only applies to cases involving heavy vehicles and is subject to terms and conditions.
MPKj councillor Sangeetha Chandra Mohan said the 70m stretch had become an illegal dumping spot because it is quite deserted and is a connecting road to Cheras Prima and Jade Hills.
Disappointed that the area had become a target for illegal dumpers yet again, Sangeetha said MPKj had not choice but to go back to the drawing board for another solution.