HOUSES in Kampung Giching in Sepang, Selangor do not get rubbish collection service from a local authority.
Because of this, people turned roadsides in the traditional village into illegal dumping grounds.
To solve the problem, the village community management council (MPKK) has engaged a private contractor to collect rubbish from each household three times a week for a RM30 monthly fee starting this month.
MPKK secretary Azlee Ismail said the local council provided rubbish collection service to the 22 housing estates around the village, except for the traditional village which did not fall under its jurisdiction.
“Nevertheless, to prevent rubbish accumulation, Sepang Municipal Council placed communal bins at Jalan Haji Jumani, Jalan Haji Borhan, Jalan Haji Omar and at the village mosque,” he said.
However, bags of rubbish were still being dumped by the roadside.
“By right, residents should put rubbish into bags and throw them into these communal bins, but they are throwing rubbish just anywhere they please,” said Azlee.
He said people were also throwing bulk waste such as sofa and mattresses.
“It came to a stage that unsightly heaps of rubbish were becoming part of the landscape. It was awful to see such a sight when driving on the village roads,” he said.
He added that the council bins — which would be cleared by state appointed KDEB Waste Management (KDEBWM) — were meant only for household rubbish.
Village head Azlan Abd Rahman then went house to house in the village that had 100 homes to initiate the idea of the private rubbish collection.
“We managed to convince 40 out of the 100 houses to sign an agreement with MPKK, stipulating that they are agreeable to the house-to-house rubbish collection service and that they will honour the monthly payment,” said Azlan.
Everything worked out smoothly except for tenants who wanted the owner to foot the RM30 monthly fee.
“Tenants said since they were just renting, they would have to consult their landlords to see if the RM30 fee could be deducted from the monthly rental rate.”
Azlan was confident that every household would soon sign up for the service after seeing their neighbours’ rubbish being collected.
Charged with providing service and monthly fee collection is local enterprise Gerak Telus Maju.
Its managing director Redza Rahmat, a villager with 10 years of experience in the waste disposal business, said he had appointed a village elder to ease the fee colletion process.
He added that his staff would also be on the lookout for unscrupulous non-paying villagers who put their rubbish outside the houses of their neighbours who paid.
To manoeuvre the narrow village roads, a three-tonne roll-on roll-off lorry is used to collect rubbish.
“We start at 6am and estimate collection can be finished within two hours.
“The rubbish will be sent to the Tanjung Dua Belas landfill,” added Redza.