KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 – The Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT), through the National Solid Waste Management Department, plans to shut down existing open dumps in states that pass the Solid Waste Management Act 2007. management of solid waste and public cleaning (Law 672) .
Its minister, Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, said the landfills would be replaced by transfer stations that serve as waste collection centers in strategic areas.
“Solid waste will be sent there before being disposed of in a central sanitary landfill, which is equipped with leachate treatment stations, coatings, etc., to ensure environmental sustainability.
“Apart from this, the ministry also plans to construct a Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plant in the states that are signatories to Law 672, to overcome the problem of lack of suitable sites to construct sanitary landfills,” a- he said during a question and answer session at Dewan Rakyat today.
He said so in his response to a question from Wan Hassan Mohd Ramli (PAS-Dungun), on KPKT’s plans to reduce the use of open-air solid waste disposal sites to minimize the impact negative on the environment.
Reezal Merican said that although Terengganu has yet to pass the law, KPKT has pledged to introduce a WtE plant in the state to help with solid waste management.
According to him, the WtE plant project is not limited to incinerator technology, but can use other technologies such as anaerobic digester (AD), pyrolysis, gasification, etc.
In response to a follow-up question from Cha Kee Chin (PH-Rasah) on the number of solid waste disposal sites by type in Negri Sembilan, and the technology used for the WtE plant, Reezal Merican said that the WtE plant at Tanah Merah, Port Dickson is expected to be operational this year.
“Negri Sembilan is one of the first states to have the WtE plant, and this plant is the first to operate for testing and commissioning this year.
“If other technologies can help reduce landfill waste, KPKT is ready and open to consider them,” he said.
Meanwhile, he also acknowledged that the level of concern for source segregation of solid waste (SAS) within the community is very low, despite the 3+1 solid waste cleanup initiative, i.e. three days of ordinary waste and one day of recycled waste. collection, was being implemented.
However, KPKT is committed to increasing its efforts to educate the public about the practice of SAS, he said, in response to a question from Nor Azrina Surip (PH-Merbok) about KPKT’s efforts to increase the level of SAS awareness. — Bernama