New plan to manage solid waste systematically

 

For a cleaner environment: Abdul Rahman (centre) showing PPSPPA’s 2015-2020 action plan. Loooking on are the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Arpah Abdul Razak (left) and Ab Rahim.

 

THE Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (PPSPPA) has launched a 2015-2020 action plan to manage solid waste systematically for a cleaner environment.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, who launched the action plan recently, said it would focus on different strategies to tackle solid waste, according to category including food waste, electric and electronic waste, hazardous household waste, construction waste and baby diapers waste.

The plan also outlined 39 key results areas and 55 strategies to ensure solid waste management in Malaysia was comprehensive, integrated and sustainable.

One of the main focus in the key results areas was managing hazardous household waste as well as electric and electronic waste.

“Many Malaysians do not realise the waste from pesticides and paint can be dangerous.

“Handling hazardous household waste properly will provide benefits in the long run as it will reduce environmental pollution,” said Abdul Rahman at the launch in Everly Hotel, Putrajaya.

He also gave examples of electric and electronic waste that should be properly disposed of to avoid pollution such as lightbulbs and batteries

Domestic waste generated was 33,000 tonnes a day, while the construction and industry waste generated was 26,000 tonnes and 13,000 tonnes, respectively.

Abdul Rahman added that PPSPPA was currently looking into constructing an industry ecology park.

“The industry ecology park will be able to manage waste systematically.

“There will be primary and secondary industries that could benefit from each other,” he said, giving examples of industry ecology parks such as Kulundborg Eco-Industrial Park in Denmark as well as Kawasaki-Eco Town and Kitakyushu-Eco Town in Japan.

He added that the project could be constructed in any state across the country.

“I will discuss the idea with the relevant ministries and we welcome state governments interested in the project,” said Abdul Rahman, adding that the project could take off in the next one or two years.

PPSPPA chief executive officer Datuk Ab Rahim Md Noor said the plan would be used as a guideline for all parties involved in the development, industry and construction sectors to improve the performance and effectiveness of the solid waste management.

“The segregation of waste at source is the most convenient and necessary way to reduce cost at landfills or at transfer stations using the Material Recovery Facility as a waste separation machine,” he said.

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