The Ministry of Development (MoD), in particular the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) said in a statement it is aware of a recent viral message on social media, WhatsApp, regarding a BND1 fee for replacing each old or used tyre with a new one, if the old tyre is left at the tyre shop.
Also included in the message is a picture of a notice letter’ from the company, Kehasan (B) Sdn Bhd, informing customers about the imposition of tyre disposal fees at their facility based on the size.
“For the public’s information, an agreement has been signed between the government, represented by JASTRe, and Kehasan (B) Sdn Bhd for waste management and recycling activities, including the disposal of used tyres, at a facility in Kampong Tanjong Maya, Tutong District, on April 20,” said JASTRe.
“It added, Kehasan (B) Sdn Bhd is allowed to charge a disposal fee according to tyre size to any party that sends used tyres to the facility for disposal.
“The fee is for any tyre shop, vehicle workshop or the public who send their used tyres to be disposed of at a facility owned by Kehasan (B) Sdn Bhd, where the rate of this fee is controlled by the government.
“The used tyres sent at the facility are disposed using pyrolysis technology that is able to recycle the used tyres without affecting the environment.
“This is a government strategy to having and maintaining a resilient environment.”
“In this regard, support from all parties including the public and private sectors, especially shops and vehicle workshops that sell tyres and/or offer tyre replacement services, is highly encouraged to play their respective roles through a whole-of-nation approach to properly dispose of used tyres in order to achieve that goal,” it added.
The public is reminded that dumping tyres in a non-designated place is an offence under the Miscellaneous Offences Act (Chapter 30), where upon conviction, the individual may be fined not less than BND1,000 and no more than BND3,000 for the first offence, and for second or subsequent offence, a fine of no less than BND3,000 and not more than BND9,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or both.
While for other bodies, the first offence is punishable by a fine of no less than BND2,000 and not more than BND10,000, while for the second or subsequent offence, a fine of no less than BND10,000 and not more than BND30,000, imprisonment for a period not exceeding 12 months or both.