IJOK: Six factories in Kuala Selangor carrying out illegal plastic waste recycling have been shut down following raids by the authorities.
More than 50 personnel conducted four raids in a joint Plastic Recycling Operations on Thursday (July 18) carried out by the Kuala Selangor District Council (MDKS), National Water services Commission (SPAN), police, Department of Environment, district land office, Air Selangor and Tenaga Nasional.
These included two operations in Ijok, one in Batang Berjuntai and another in Sungai Buloh.
The council's assistant enforcement officer Lokman Ujang said they sealed the premises and cut their water and electricity supply to halt their operations.
Lokman said the operators did not have the licence to operate the factories and their activities polluted the air and water.
He said the council took action according to the Licensing of Trades, Businesses and Industries Kuala Selangor District Council 2007 by-law.
Under the bylaw, no one is allowed to carry out any trade, business and industry activities, or use any place or premises for the purposes in the area of the district without a licence issued by the council, he said.
Lokman said the operations followed orders from the Selangor state government, which urged local governments to take stern action against illegal plastic recycling operators, and to cut their water and electricity supplies.
As at 5pm, nine illegal plastic recycling operations have been closed by the authorities: Ijok (4), Jeram (3), Assam Jawa (one) and Bestari Jaya (one).