Incinerators in Pangkor and Langkawi to start operations soon

THE incinerator in Pulau Pangkor to manage solid wastes at islands and highland areas is ready for operation while the one in Langkawi is expected to be ready for testing in July.

National Solid Waste Management director-general Datuk Dr Nadzri Yahaya said the two were among five mini incinerators which would go into operation soon.

He also said the government would need to build 11 more landfills to cope with the increasing amount of rubbish produced by Malaysians annually.

He said that in 2005, Malaysians produced 19,000 tonnes of rubbish per day which was expected to touch 30,000 tonnes by 2020.

“Presently the average Malaysian produces 0.8kg of rubbish a day,” he told a press conference at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Kuo Kuang 2 in Johor Baru last week.

Dr Nadzri said the 11 landfills would be built under the 10th Malaysia plan.

He said there were 176 landfills in Malaysia and more were needed to handle the increasing amount of rubbish.

He added that food waste made up the most amount of solid waste.

“The others include plastic waste, metals, glass and papers,” he said, adding that campaigns such as the 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) had generated a sense of awareness among the people to reduce plastic waste and paper waste.

He hoped that people would be aware of the 3R and would practise it as they need to do their part to save the earth.

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