SEREMBAN: Dealers of scrap metal and other recyclables in Negri Sembilan have one year to move their operations to industrial areas, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.
He said these businesses would no longer be allowed to operate from residential and commercial centres for safety and hygiene purposes.
"When these operators come to renew their annual licences, we will ask where they will be operating from.
"As far as the state is concerned, they can no longer operate from wherever they please.
"So we are giving them one year from now to start cleaning up the places where they are operating from and relocate to industrial areas," he told reporters after chairing the state exco meeting at Wisma Negri on Wednesday (Feb 17).
Aminuddin said the state exco had also decided to lift the freeze on applications for new licences which had been in place since 2014.
"We have been receiving many new applications from those who wished to venture into the recycling industry since 2018 and have decided to lift the freeze.
"However, one condition these operators must meet is that they have to be based in industrial areas," he said.