13th July, 2012
SEREMBAN: The government will build hi-tech waste disposal plants with green technology aspects included, to manage a systematic long term garbage disposal initiative and avoid depending on landfills.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung said the hi-tech plants would use various systems, including the incinerator technology used by developed countries like Japan and Singapore.
“We are currently using the traditional method of waste disposal whereby garbage is collected and disposed at land fills. We have 167 landfills in the country.
“However, developed countries have no such problems of looking for suitable landfills because they are using hi-tech methods and do not depend on landfills. We too cannot depend on landfills forever,” he told reporters after launching Fleet SWM Environment Sdn Bhd’s Modern Technology Towards Privatization initiative here today.
He said the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation was currently identifying suitable locations and the most suitable system to be used for waste disposal management before opening tenders for the construction of such facilities to companies.
The initial plan is to build hi-tech waste disposal plants in urban areas like Kuala Lumpur where garbage disposed can reach 2,400 tonnes a day.
“The proposed building of hi-tech waste disposal plants is a long term plan and can take up to four years to build them,” he said.
Meanwhile, SWM Environment executive director Dr Uzir Abdul Malik said the company, one of three companies awarded concessions for waste disposal, had spent about RM100 million to buy 250 compactor lorries to provide better services and waste disposal initiatives.