DBKK to look into other solutions on used tyre disposal

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KOTA KINABALU: The Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) is resolute in upholding its decision to impose charges for used tyre disposal at the Kayu Madang landfill in Telipok and other landfills here.

Sabah West Coast, Kudat and Interior Residencies Tyre Dealers’ Association president Candy Wong gave a seven-day ultimatum on Wednesday, demanding DBKK to resolve the issue or risk the implementation of policy requiring vehicle owners to dispose of their own used tyres.

According to Wong, the policy would be implemented if no action was being taken to overcome the problem, which had surfaced because of DBKK’s unjustified RM500 per ton tipping fee on tyre dealers for old tyre disposals in landfills here.

Speaking to the press after the Borneo International Orchid Show 2015 launch here yesterday, Mayor Abidin Madingkir said the ultimatum had nothing to do with DBKK.

“Nothing is free in this world, nowadays. It (Kayu Madang landfill) is being used by Kota Belud, Tuaran, Putatan and Penampang. It (fees) applies to all, not Kota Kinabalu only. Whoever sends the tyers there, we will charge. The decision is applied to all,” said Abidin, who explained he was not aware of the association’s threat as of yesterday afternoon.

DBKK is also looking into other solutions to assist the old tyre disposal, including the possibility of emulating Sarawak’s appointment of a contactor to collect and recycle used tyres in the state.

“I have not announced it yet. I am looking into all the possibilities. One of my officers has gone to Sarawak to study the necessary. A few others are talking to us already … We are looking into it. We have to discuss, it is long term,” said the Mayor.

“In fact we can talk to the association to send the tyres direct to these people. No need to send to Kayu Madang. We are looking into all the possibilities.

“But why the ultimatum, what is there to give ultimatum? We have already decided. We have already made the decision,” he reaffirmed.