Ramping up action against illegal dumping

Enforcement officers from MPSepang inspecting a truck used for illegal dumping. Last year, 250 individuals were detained for such activities, with a further 50 arrested from January to May this year.

Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) will conduct integrated operations with relevant agencies such as Sepang District Land Office and hit fly-tippers with maximum fines to deal with the illegal dumping problem in traditional villages.

Responding to complaints by Kampung Giching residents that the illegal dumping problem in their area had become worse over time, MPSepang president Datuk Abd Hamid Hussain said the council viewed this seriously and vowed that action would be taken, including working with other agencies, to tackle the issue.

He said CCTVs had also been installed at hotspots so that enforcement officers could carry out reconnaissance work.

Besides this, Abd Hamid said officers from the Enforcement Department would impose the heftiest penalties on those who were caught.

“Maximum fines will be imposed on each lorry or machinery seized by MPSepang and instead of the usual one day, the seized items will be detained for a week before they can be reclaimed by their owners, ” he warned.

In addition to a RM1, 000 fine, those caught will also have to pay another RM1, 000 for the cost of confiscating the equipment, plus a storage cost of RM10 per day.

They would also have to foot the transport bill for the loader to ferry the seized equipment to the council’s yard, Abd Hamid said.

A total of 250 individuals were caught for illegal dumping last year.

From January to May this year, another 50 were arrested.

All were successfully convicted and fined, he added.

Abd Hamid also commended Kampung Giching’s village community management council (MPKK) for taking a proactive stand against illegal dumping.

StarMetro had on June 14 reported MPKK secretary Azlee Ismail as saying that the committee had engaged a private contractor to collect rubbish from each household three times a week for a RM30 monthly fee starting this month.

Azlee said the committee had decided the move was necessary as many residents were not throwing their rubbish at the communal bins placed by the council but dumping them by the roadside instead.

While reminding that the contractor hired by the committee must transport the rubbish to landfills gazetted by the state government, Abd Hamid said in principle, public cleansing and solid waste management services were only extended to areas that pay assessment.

But starting from 2018, local councils in Selangor were ordered to offer this service on a complimentary basis to traditional villages.

He said to date, all 23 traditional villages and communities had been provided with domestic garbage collection services in Sepang district.

“A total of 91 receptacles in the form of mobile and leach bins with a capacity of between 660 litres and 1, 000 litres were provided by KDEB Waste Management Sdn Bhd to be placed in communal areas.

The locations were decided on after discussions with the village heads and committees.

“This arrangement was agreed on as a majority of village roads and the locations of homes were not easily accessible for compactor lorries.

“The distribution of these bins is a one-off arrangement.

“For replacements, the village committee will have to send in their applications to the council or pay for it through their own funds.

“The collection schedule is daily and only for domestic waste, ” he added.

If traditional villages would like the council to extend door-to-door collection services to their area, Abd Hamid said residents must unanimously agree to pay either assessment or a nominal tax as determined by the council’s Valuation and Property Management Department.

“Individual rubbish bins must also be provided by each lot and the owners must be ready to accept any fines, as stipulated by the relevant by-laws for offences committed, ” he said.

To date, Azlee said the Kampung Giching village committee had managed to get the owners of 114 houses to agree to fee payment.

There are 180 to 200 houses in the villages and more are expected to sign on for the door-to-door rubbish collection service soon.

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