Council employees load bagged waste at Grand Millennium Plaza into a compactor.
Penampang District Council is monitoring garbage collection at Grand Millennium Plaza to ensure illegal dumping does not form around the mall, as Country Heights Apartments Management Company (MC) faces a problem similar to the pattern of ownership. A spokesperson for the agency said temporary outages in its service were partly to blame for waste issues at the two sites. “A ‘roll-on-and-roll-off (RORO)’ bin could not be placed in the Plaza at one point because the hydraulics of the truck, used to transport this receptacle, broke down earlier this month, “he said. .
âTo our dismay, we discovered that an illegal dump had arisen in the parking lot where the RORO bin should have been. ”
Country Heights tenants were unhappy with the trash that was leaking out of the trash cans near their blocks.
He said the council deployed a compactor and an open truck to aid efforts to clear the damage on the same day the irregularity came to light. âOur workers cleared the mound of bagged garbage and bulky waste, including pieces of wood and unwanted furniture, that had been dumped in this part of the mall. âThe RORO bin was returned to the same place shortly after. The spokesperson said there had been no further setbacks in council collection since then, with the RORO bin, next to the parking lot, replaced at regular intervals. âThe garbage around the Plaza is cleaned up daily. Regarding Country Heights, he said the collection was done five times a week, with council only responsible for the garbage removal from the apartment trash center.
Steps were also taken to dispose of bulky waste that had been dumped in this part of the Plaza.
âOur compactor does not go to the individual blocks here, so it is the responsibility of the MC workers to transport the waste from these buildings to the garbage center. The spokesperson admitted that the agency’s service was interrupted for a period between August and September due to Covid-related complications involving its collection staff. âOur compactor was also unable to access the bin center due to heavy rains at one point last month when the road to the property was flooded. “These issues, however, are a thing of the past and our collection at Country Heights is proceeding smoothly.” A spokesperson for MC said the company was inundated with complaints from apartment owners in September about trash overflowing from trash cans near their buildings.
âWe were informed, at the time, that many collectors in the Council had contracted Covid-19,â he said. âThis information has been shared with our tenants. “However, when the situation started to get out of hand, we borrowed open trucks from two of our sister properties in Telipok to transport the waste from Country Heights to the Kayu Madang landfill.”
The MC loaned open trucks from its sister properties to Telipok to aid in efforts to haul waste away from Country Heights.
He said apartment maintenance staff were helping to load rubbish from the trash cans around the various blocks into these vehicles. âThe Council resumed its fundraising at the end of last month. Since then, the MC has tackled the indiscriminate disposal of bulky waste on the ground. The spokesperson said company staff were on the lookout for tenants dumping unwanted items – like beds, wardrobes and sofas – in common areas. He admitted that the MC faced a daunting task in trying to solve these garbage problems. âSome apartment dwellers are taking the easy way out by piling their garbage here and there on the ground. “These inconsiderate individuals claim it is too far to walk to the center of the trash.” Council and MC spokespersons were responding to a complaint from an apartment owner about rats he had seen scurrying around the common area around the block where he was staying. LAWRENCE said this has been happening for a few months. âRodents have even started to burrow into the engines of residents’ vehicles,â he said. He said the building’s garbage cans were always “in a mess,” with garbage strewn around those receptacles. âThere are more than 100 households in my neighborhood and the waste generated by these families literally overflows in the trash cans. “I wonder if the stench of rotting garbage attracts rats to my block.” Lawrence said he contacted the MC on numerous occasions regarding these issues. The staff apparently informed him that they would get back to them on what to do next. “So, so far, they haven’t kept their word yet,” he said.
A RORO bin was then handed over to the parking lot in this section of the shopping center.
âI have to pay a monthly management fee which in my opinion is not being put to good use as rats continue to invade my house. “I think it is unfair to charge these fees if the services are not available.” Meanwhile, Luyang’s NIA has expressed its disgust at the mound of bagged trash in part of Grand Millennium Plaza. She stumbled across “the little rubbish hill” on her way back from a supermarket there. âAs I passed this part of the center, my young son threw his toy out of the car window,â he said. “I had to stop and look for him among the vehicles that had been left in the parking lot.” Nia was stunned by what she saw, which she said poorly reflected the neighborhood. âI can only wonder what first-time visitors will think if they see the center. ”