MBDK: Free bulk waste collection initiated to deter illegal dumping

The irresponsible habit of dumping bulk waste by the road has to stop.

Klang Royal City Council (MBDK) Environmental Services Department director Zaireezal Ahmad Zainuddin said the then Klang Municipal Council (MPK) forked out RM2,108,275 to clear 55.5 tonnes of bulk waste from January to December 2023.

“The amount includes tipping fees, paying workers and for hiring tractors and lorries.

“In January this year, MBDK spent RM193,710 to remove 4,504 tonnes of bulk waste,” he told StarMetro.

Zaireezal said people had the habit of dumping bulk waste along road stretches and vacant land.

Some people, he said, drive out of their neighbourhood to dump waste.

He said there was no reason to dump bulk waste because MBDK offers bulk waste collection service twice a week, free of charge.

On top of that, recyclable items would be collected on Fridays, he said.

He said the collection service was combined with MBDK’s Clean City Campaign (CCC) which was being held in neighbourhoods.

“MBDK does not want to see bulk waste by the roadside. The service also extends to high-rises but the joint management body must organise the collection and inform MBDK,” he said.

Zaireezal, however, said that businesses were not eligible for the free bulk waste collection.

“Business owners must hire large bins from MBDK to dispose of bulk items or industrial waste,” he said.

The CCC is focusing on five problematic areas where illegal bulk waste dumping is rampant – Jalan Kebun Nenas (bordering Taman Sentosa and Bandar Puteri), Lebuh Sultanah Alaudin (Bandar Sultan Sulaiman), Jalan Sungai Chandong (Armada Putra in Pulau Indah), Jalan Kuari (Kampong Bukit Kapar) and Kampong India (Perepat).

“The focus areas will change once MBDK notices improvements,” he said.

“In 2022, the amount of bulk waste was 56,992 tonnes and RM2,051,728 was spent to clear it.

“In 2021, MPK carted away 54,453 tonnes of bulk waste and it cost RM1,924,966,” he said.

The CCC would save the city council a lot of time and money in collecting bulk waste, Zaireezal added. — By EDWARD RAJENDRA

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