clean-up act

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ENVIRONMENT -

ASIDE from in­cin­er­a­tors, land­fills will re­main a ma­jor waste dis­posal op­tion. Cur­rently, only eight of the 176 land­fills in the coun­try are of the san­i­tary class, fea­tur­ing an­tipol­lu­tion mea­sures.

Three are in Se­lan­gor (Jeram, Bukit Ta­gar and Tan­jung 12), three in Sarawak (Mam­bong in Padawan, Sibuti in Miri and Ke­mu­n­yang in Sibu), one in Pa­hang (Ja­bor Jeran­gau land­fill in Kuan­tan) and one in Jo­hor (See­long land­fill in Ku­lai).

To en­sure proper waste dis­posal, 11 new san­i­tary land­fills will be built all over the coun­try: Rimba Mas in Perlis; La­hat and Teluk Mengkudu in Perak; Ladang Tanah Merah in Negeri Sem­bi­lan; Sun­gai Udang in Malacca; Be­lenggu and Bukit Je­malang in Pa­hang; Kam­pung Ter­atak Batu in Pa­hang, and Pagoh, Bukit Pay­ong and Pekan Ne­nas, all in Jo­hor.

En­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact stud­ies are be­ing done for them, and these fa­cil­i­ties are tar­geted to be up and run­ning by 2012. These land­fills will be govern­ment-owned, but their con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion will be open to ten­der.

Depart­ment of Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment di­rec­tor­gen­eral Datuk Dr Nadzri Ya­haya says these land­fills will fol­low a new, planned con­cept. In­stead of merely be­ing a place for dump­ing waste, they will com­prise in­te­grated fa­cil­i­ties for waste seg­re­ga­tion and re­cov­ery of use­ful re­sources. At the tip­ping plat­form, re­cy­clables such as met­als, plas­tics and glass will be fished out first.

Con­crete and de­mo­li­tion waste will go to a sep­a­rate area for crush­ing, for re­use ei­ther as soil cover for the land­fill or to make new build­ing ma­te­ri­als. Gar­den waste will go to an­other area for com­post­ing.

All these waste re­cov­ery will pre­vent land­fills from fill­ing up too fast, thus length­en­ing their life­spans. And of course, these san­i­tary land­fills will have all the anti-pol­lu­tion fea­tures char­ac­ter­is­tic of a proper and safe dump­ing site, such as lin­ings to pre­vent leachate seep­age into the ground, gas col­lec­tion to gen­er­ate power and leachate treat­ment sys­tems.

To aid the depart­ment in en­forc­ing rules on waste man­age­ment, eight reg­u­la­tions are be­ing drafted un­der the Solid Waste Man­age­ment and Pub­lic Cleans­ing Act 2007. Among other things, these cover the li­cens­ing of op­er­a­tors and waste trans­porters, as well as land­fill de­sign and op­er­a­tions.

Right now, ef­forts to bet­ter han­dle waste col­lec­tion and dis­posal are ham­pered by the ab­sence of these sup­port­ing reg­u­la­tions, with­out which the Act could not be en­forced al­though it was passed by Par­lia­ment three years ago.

The depart­ment is also fi­nal­is­ing the draft of agree­ments with three waste con­ces­sion­aires which had pre­vi­ously been given rights to col­lect, trans­port and dis­pose of waste: Alam Flora, South­ern Waste Man­age­ment and E-Idaman. Un­der new deals, waste man­age­ment will not be con­fined to the three firms.

All these plans will spell proper and bet­ter han­dling of all our dis­cards – so long as they are im­ple­mented soon and not de­layed.

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