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Er Dr Lee Bee Wah: To ask
the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (a) what is being done to
get the responsible parties to remove the 3,000-tonne heap of scrap rubber
materials left at the Sarimbun Recycling Park; (b) whether the Ministry will
issue an order for them to remove the materials; (c) how has the heap of
materials affected park operations and the surrounding vegetation; and (d)
whether such materials pose any health or environmental hazard.
Reply by Mr Masagos Zulkifli:
scrap rubber material is located within one of the plots at Sarimbun Recycling
Park (SRP). As the public has no access to the plot and SRP is sited on an old
landfill, these materials do not pose any health or environmental risks. There
has also been no impact on the operations at surrounding plots in SRP, or on
the vegetation surrounding SRP.
2. The SRP plot where the scrap rubber
material is located was leased to Morelastic Green Resources Pte Ltd. However,
the tenancy was terminated in January 2019 as the company incurred substantial
rental arrears. Under the tenancy agreement, it is the tenant’s responsibility
to remove the scrap rubber.
Green Resources Pte Ltd has started clearing the stockpile since 17 June 2019
and has removed most of the stockpile. NEA will then reinstate the land,
including removal of any remaining stockpile, and recover the associated costs
from the company. NEA will also investigate and take firm enforcement action against
any environmental public health offences committed.
Last updated: 07 Aug 2019
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