Illegal dumpsite resurfaces in Kampung Sungai Kertas

Posted on July 20, 2011. Filed under: Waste |

-The Star-

HARDLY a year after the authorities cleared the illegal dumpsite in Kampung Sungai Kertas, Batu Caves, another has resurfaced half a kilometre away.

A resident, who only wish to be known as Ahmad, noticed that lorries have been going to the site especially at night in the past few months.

“Residents have complained that lorries carrying construction waste entering the site to unload their cargo.

Illegal spot: A tractor pushing the rubbish at the site.

“The new site is located about 200m away from SMK Sungai Kertas,” he said.

Four years ago, 60 students were affected by smoke from another dumpsite and sent to hospital.

“They burn the rubbish at night and we fear that the health of the students and villagers would be affected.

“Two years ago, a dumpsite in Jalan Mangga was ordered to close for burning the rubbish,” he said.

A worker at a makeshift shed at the site, said he took RM15 from each one-tonne lorry to dump the rubbish.

Not a deterrent: A signboard near the site showing a RM50,000 fine for throwing rubbish at the dumpsite.

He said the dumpsite was open round the clock and lorries could come in at any time to dump rubbish.

Batu Caves assemblyman Amirudin Shari said he had also received complaints from residents on the matter.

“I want the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) and Gombak District Land office to monitor the lorries going into the dumpsite.

Amirudin said a MPS van with enforcement officers was stationed at the entrance to the dumpsite yesterday.

“We are unable to guard the place round the clock. When we have our enforcement officers stationed there, the garbage trucks will go to another dumpsite,’’ he said.

There is also a MPS signboard near the site that says that those caught dumping illegally would be fined RM50,000.

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