Mountain of trash believed covered up

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 12 Jun 2019

Then and now: The illegal plastic waste dump in Sungai Rambai, Jenjarom (left), and the site after the dump was cleared.

KUALA LANGAT: The mountain of garbage, mostly made-up of plastics at the infamous Jenjarom landfill near here, appears to have been cleared.

The sight of the current empty space once occupied by a mountain of imported garbage had some locals hailing it as a victory against environmental contamination.

However, it may be a hollow victory after allegations surfaced that the bulk of the garbage was buried at the same site.

According to several sources, including Kuala Langat Environ­mental Action Asso­cia­tion secretary Pua Lay Peng, the bulk of the im­­ported garbage was still there.

“Only a portion of the recyclable garbage was sent for processing to a recycling company in Ipoh, while the bulk, which cannot be recycled was still there,’’ said Pua.

The company in Ipoh, Resourceco Asia (M) Sdn Bhd, recycles and processes engineered fuel from garbage to be used by the cement industry.

She claimed that a huge hole was dug out and the garbage buried and covered with additional soil, which was then flattened.

The site after the dump was cleared.

According to Pua, by doing so, the perpetrators have created a bigger problem.

“The soil will be unstable for building upon and it will also not be suitable for farming as its full of non-biodegradable garbage underneath,’’ she added.

Pua also said that if there was any toxic e-waste in the landfill it would also contaminate underground water sources.

“So the problem has not been solved but instead a different and more serious problem has been created,’’ she said.

When contacted, Resourceco Asia managing director Pavel Cech said his company only received 1,400 metric tonnes of garbage for recycling from Jenjarom.

“When I first visited the site less than a year ago, according to my estimation, there was some 7,000 metric tonnes of garbage from the Jenjaron landfill,’’ he said.

However, when Cech’s company finally went to the site to collect the garbage there was merely 1,400 metric tonnes of waste there.

“So, I am wondering what happened to the rest of it and whether it was taken away by someone,’’ said Cech.

He also added that it was an uphill task to arrange the removal of the garbage from the site to be sent to Ipoh for processing, as technically, it (the garbage) was the private property of the landowners.

“We finally managed to sign an agreement to remove the garbage with the landowners which was witnessed by the MDKL (Kuala Langat District Council),’’ said Cech.

He added that 70 big truckloads of garbage was transported to the recycling plant in March this year.

Cech said the 1,400 metric tonnes of garbage has since been recycled into processed engineered fuel and delivered to the local cement production plants.

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