Selangor Journal
KDEB Waste Management (KDEBWM) contractors cleaning up domestic waste at a residential area in Shah Alam, on July 10, 2021. — Picture by REMY ARIFIN/SELANGORKINI

Selangor implements own strategies to manage solid waste and public cleansing — Exco

By Nasuha Badrul Huzaini

SHAH ALAM, Oct 21 — The Selangor government has carried out its own strategies to manage solid waste and public cleansing service, despite not ratifying the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management 2007.

State Local Government, Public Transportation and New Village Development Committee chairman Ng Sze Han said Selangor is the first state in Malaysia to pioneer the Project Management Company model by appointing state subsidiary company KDEB Waste Management to manage the solid waste and public cleansing services effectively and efficiently.

With limited allocations compared to concessionaire companies managing the collection of solid waste and public cleaning in states which adopted the Act, Ng said the state government through KDEB Waste Management is nonetheless able to systematically and effectively handle an estimated 7,000 tonnes of garbage daily, making it the highest figure in Malaysia.

“Furthermore from the waste disposal aspect, Selangor also owns a few landfills which are currently being managed by another state’s subsidiary company, Worldwide Landfills Sdn Bhd.

“The company is managing three sanitary landfills in Jeram, Tanjung Duabelas and Sabak Bernam as well as three other inert waste landfills in Sungai Kertas, Dengkil and Kuang,” he said in a statement today.

The statement was issued following a news report by Utusan Malaysia on October 20, 2021, quoting Alam Flora Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Zain Hassan on the stance of seven states in Malaysia that do not recognise the Act, subsequently becoming one of the factors behind the existence of illegal landfills.

Ng added that according to the statistics issued by local councils in Selangor last year, 874 cases related to illegal waste dumping were recorded in the state, compared to 1,983 cases in 2019.

“The decline of 56 per cent is very significant and this proves that the state government is on the right track to curb the illegal waste issue.

“Therefore, there is no clear correlation to link the illegal waste issue and the act of not ratifying the Act in Selangor.

“Based on the declining cases of illegal waste dumping that have been recorded, the existing acts and enforcement action by the local authorities is sufficient for the time being,” he said.

 

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