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Wednesday November 18, 2009

New landfill to address solid waste problem

THE Tanjung Dua Belas sanitary landfill in Banting, Kuala Langat, is expected to be opened early next year.

Liu said the sanitary landfill was nearing completion and would start operation soon.

“Once its operational, we will close the open dumpsites one by one starting with the one in Ampar Tenang in Dengkil and Sungai Sedu in Banting.

“Then we will close the other dumpsites in Bukit Beruntung near Rawang and Panchang Bedena in Hulu Selangor in stages,” he said.

He added that all the open dumpsites in Selangor had reached the saturation level with Ampar Tenang and Sungai Sedu having reached its maximum level.

“Sanitary landfills are environment-friendly and hygienic,” he said.

In addition to the Tanjung Dua Belas landfill, there are two other sanitary landfills in Jeram and Bukit Tagar, Kuala Selangor.

Liu said both the Tanjung Dua Belas and Jeram were operated by Worldwide Holdings Berhad while the Bukit Tagar dumpsite was operated by KUB Enviro Berjaya.

The Tanjung Dua Belas landfill caters to solid waste collected mainly from the waste catchment areas in southern Selangor particularly from the districts of Sepang, Kuala Langat and Putrajaya.

The landfill is expected to meet the demand of increasing waste generation within Selangor.

It is also expected to reduce indiscriminate waste disposal problems in the state.

Earlier, in answering a question from Abdul Shukur Idrus (BN-Kuang), Liu said there were nine dumpsites of various types in the state.

“We also have a transfer station where the garbage is compacted before sent to the dumpsites.

“The transfer station located in Section 21 Shah Alam has been in operation since 2007.

“But we are still waiting for the approval from the Housing and Local Government Ministry to appoint Worldwide Holdings as the operator for the transfer station,” he said.

Liu also added that the state had identified 143 illegal dumpsites in Selangor.

He said enforcement teams from the local councils had been monitoring and taking action against those caught dumping garbage indiscriminately.

“We also started taking action against land owners misuing their land as illegal dumpsites but if it is done on a government land, then we just clear the area,” he said.

Liu added that the state government was always looking for a better method of resolving the solid waste management problem in the state.

He said the state was not keen on using incinerators as it would not be friendly to the environment in addition to other negative effects.

“We only have one plant in the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) using the refuse- derived fuel.

“It converts solid waste into electrical energy as its bi-product,” he said.

“We have to look at ways to recycle most of the waste so that we dump a minimal amount into the landfill.

“For example in Shanghai only 10% of the solid waste collected is buried in the landfill while the rest of it is recycled,” he said.

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