SHAH ALAM: Three more garbage processing plants have been discovered by an environmental protection group that is trying to get rid of such places in Kuala Langat.
Kuala Langat Environmental Action Association secretary Pua Lay Ping said the plants were detected by its members last week.
“They are in Olak Lempit in Banting. While one is licensed, the other two are operating illegally,” Pua claimed.
The three were in addition to 44 other garbage disposal plants found in the district recently, most of which have been shut down.
Pua said the plants in Olak Lempit were found after they started emitting a foul stench.
“We checked with the state Department of Environment and were told they had not given approval for the plants to operate,” said Pua.
The Kuala Langat district is often plagued with an excess of garbage processing plants and landfills, which emanate rancid smells due to burning and melting of plastic waste.
The dumpsites and landmines dispose tonnes of garbage imported from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand for disposal here.
Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari said the state government would not tolerate the existence of such plants in the state.
“We will close down the ‘factories’ because of the serious environmental impact,” he said after launching the Selangor Cyber Games 2018 at the state secretariat yesterday.
He said state executive councilors Ng Tze Han and Lee Hoy Sian, who were in charge of local government and environment respectively, were keeping tabs on the situation.