‘Dump old mentality, too’

October 14, 2019 | Environment, Living, People | No Comments

EXT year, all business premises in Klang must be equipped with a 120-litre rubbish bin or risk having their operating licence revoked or their application rejected by the Klang Municipal Council (MPK).

This is the council’s way of clamping down on errant operators who contribute towards illegal dumping of rubbish.

It is also MPK’s move towards having a more systematic rubbish collection in the municipality.

Over the years, the royal town has been plagued with illegal rubbish dumping problems, because irresponsible people threw rubbish by the roadside, back lanes and into drains.

Construction and domestic waste can often be seen on road kerbs and empty plots of land as well as playgrounds and open spaces.

Restaurant owner Ang Chin Teong, who runs restaurants in Bukit Tinggi and Port Klang, supported the ruling.

He added that stray animals could often be seen scavenging through rubbish for food, especially in areas that has food outlets.

“This will also stop stray animals from scavenging through the rubbish and help keep the commercial areas cleaner, ” said Ang, who has placed large rubbish bins of his own outside his two eateries.

Another restaurant owner operating in Jalan Tengku Kelana T. Muthusamy said having proper rubbish bins was important to encourage people to dispose of waste responsibly.

“A majority of shops in my area already have rubbish bins and the area is a lot cleaner as compared to a few years ago, ” he said, adding that people must change their attitude and stop littering.

“There can be 100 rubbish bins placed outside shops, but if people’s mentality does not change, Klang will still be dirty, ” he said.

He lauded the cleaning contractors for working tirelessly to keep Jalan Tengku Kelana clean and rubbish-free.

Resident Mohamed Hussain Mohd Maideen said he noticed the lack of rubbish bins in commercial areas around Klang.

“We often see piles of black rubbish bags on the ground outside the shops.

“Commercial areas in Taman Sri Andalas, Sentosa and near MPK are lacking proper rubbish bins.

“I have also seen people dumping the black bins into the drains, ” he said.

He urged MPK to provide rubbish bins to all houses and commercial lots to standardise rubbish disposal and prevent illegal dumping.

“MPK should look into providing leach bins at hotspots to tackle illegal rubbish dumping, ” he said.

In Petaling Jaya, he said, each house is given a rubbish bin by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to keep the city clean.

Taman Klang Jaya Residents Association chairman S. Tilaka said market traders should also be provided with rubbish bins.

“They need to have their own bins to throw rubbish in a responsible manner.

“In my neighbourhood, the market is operated by many foreigners and rubbish is a huge problem here, ” she said, adding that a permanent solution was needed to tackle this problem and urged MPK enforcement officers to carry out their duties more diligently.

Sentosa assemblyman G. Gunaraj was glad MPK was taking a tougher approach regarding rubbish disposal at shops and restaurants.

“Most shops in Klang are not equipped with rubbish bins and the rubbish ends up on the road.

“The owners are at risk of getting slapped with a RM1,000 compound.

“With rubbish bins, it will be easier to monitor if rubbish contractors are doing their jobs as per schedule.

“If the bins are still full, then we can call the contractors, but if littering continues then we know it is not their fault, ” he said.

MPK corporate communications director Norfiza Mahfiz said all business premises were notified about the new ruling.

“We have issued notices to business owners about the regulations for next year’s licence renewals and they all must have a rubbish bin to get it approved, ” she said.

Kumpulan Darul Ehsan (KDEB) Waste Management Sdn Bhd managing director Ramli Mohd Tahir lauded the move as it would keep the area cleaner.

“Traders nowadays simply throw their waste by the roadside and it looks very dirty.

“The bins will make it easier for us to collect rubbish, ” he said.

KDEB Waste Management took over rubbish collection and cleaning operations in the state since July 2016.

-thestar

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