BY Pavither Sidhu
In the case of high-rises, one occupant’s failure to adhere to the waste separation regulation could lead to a fine for all residents, warns Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT).
Its minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said that this could be implemented as it is a challenge to identify which occupant fails to abide by the new regulation on waste separation, which was fully enforced recently.
He said that the managements of buildings are responsible for the enforcement of the regulation and should issue compounds to negligent occupants.
Rahman said the management committees have to be firm and inform residents of the possibility that all may be compounded for one resident’s failure to comply.
He added that the management plays an important role in educating its residents and ensuring they separate their waste.
KPKT introduced waste separation last September under the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007, making it compulsory for residents to separate their solid waste into “paper”, “plastic” and “others”, or face fines from RM50 to RM1,000.
Compounds issued to landed property residents who do not separate their waste is RM50 for the first offence, RM100 for the second and RM500 for the third.
For non-landed residences such as apartments, condominiums and flats, the compound is RM100 for the first offence, RM200 for the second and RM500 for the third.
The fourth offence would result in legal action and if charged, one can be fined up to RM1,000.
The law is currently implemented in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Perlis and Pahang.
Enforcement was carried out simultaneously in the affected states recently, involving 79 housing areas and almost 10,724 premises with 245 enforcement officers from Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation.