Firm censured over poor upkeep of landfill

MBSP has sent a notice to the concession company to start upgrading works at the Pulau Burung landfill in Nibong Tebal. — Filepic

THE Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) has ticked off a concession company for its poor maintenance of the Pulau Burung landfill near Nibong Tebal.

A written instruction was sent to PLB Terang Sdn Bhd to upgrade the roads, drains and ditches at the site by Jan 15 next year.

In the same notice, MBSP has also instructed the company to open a new disposal area and complete work on the opening of a new disposal cell before March 15 next year.

“The concession company has started carrying out upgrading works at the site.

“The council will continue to monitor the progress to ensure the necessary works are completed by April next year,” said council mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud after chairing a full council meeting at its headquarters in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam on Thursday.

In reducing the burden of the landfill, Rozali said the council had also introduced the Sustainable Solid Waste Management System to curb the increase in waste generation.

He said under the system, the council would only help each industrial premises to dispose of a certain amount of waste.

“If the manufacturer has generated waste that exceeds the amount limit set by the MBSP, then the manufacturer will have to bear the cost of disposal for the remaining surplus,” he said.

Rozali said manufacturers should carry out recycling since industrial waste mostly consists of recyclable goods.

“if each manufacturer carries out recycling in their business premises, then I am sure the non-recyclable waste generated will be less and chances are, it won’t exceed the permissible limit set by the council in helping to get rid of the waste for free.

“The implementation of this policy will curb the dumping of illegal waste in Penang mainland as well as increase the recycling rate to ensure environmental sustainability,” he said.

Rozali said to date, MBSP has held seven meetings with 202 garbage transport companies operating in Seberang Prai, as well as five meetings with representatives of manufacturers to explain the system implementation.

“In appreciating the good cooperation shown by the manufacturers and garbage transport companies, MBSP has agreed to provide three months as a soft-landing period to ensure that manufacturers and garbage transport companies comply with all instructions issued,” he said, adding that the system will be implemented on April 1, 2022.

“However, in the event of any non-compliance by any party, MBSP will revoke the licences and permits issued and take appropriate enforcement action,” he said.

Rozali said the implementation of the Sustainable Solid Waste Management System would be able to benefit many parties.

“This system is in line with the direction of MBSP and the Penang government.

“Its implementation will help achieve the objective of reducing waste and increasing recycling rates as well as eradicating illegal landfills,” said Rozali.

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