BUSINESS owners, who dispose of more than their share of rubbish, will be penalised by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) beginning September.
Council president Abdul Hamid Abdul Hussain said many businesses were found to be generating abnormally high quantities of rubbish, more than the cost of collecting and disposing them.
“At present, we estimate each premises should dispose about 2.5kg of rubbish a day on average. But, in reality, they are throwing away almost 15kg a day.
“This is putting a strain on the contractors to pick up and dispose of the rubbish,” he said at MPAJ’s full board meeting.
According to Abdul Hamid, owners could be charged either RM604.80 for six months or RM1,209.60, a year, should they go beyond the limit.
“We are finalising the details of the ruling. We hope this will motivate people to start recycling or composting instead of just throwing rubbish away,” he said.
Types of businesses that will be affected include supermarkets, restaurants, hotels, furniture stores and electronic shops.
Those operating in shopping malls will not be subject to the ruling.
On another matter, Abdul Hamid said MPAJ had discovered a restaurant in Taman Seraya with a forged health certificate.
“We came across the restaurant during a routine operation last month and noticed that the Grade A that was ‘given’ did not match the cleanliness of the premises, which should have been a Grade C.
“MPAJ is currently investigating the matter and will not hesitate to take stern action,” he said.
Updating on the dengue situation, Abdul Hamid said there had been eight dengue-related deaths within the municipality this year.
Until July 21, 2,219 cases have been reported with three hotspots remaining – Taman Ukay Bistari, Pandan Indah Commercial Park and Kampung Cheras Baru.
Ampang Jaya residents are advised to pay their second term assessment tax by Aug 31.