More landfills needed to cope with increasing amount of trash

JOHOR BARU: The government needs to build 11 more landfills to cope with the increasing amount of rubbish produced by Malaysians annually.

National Solid Waste Manage­ment director-general Datuk Dr Nadzri Yahaya said that in 2005, Malaysians had produced 19,000 tonnes of rubbish per day and this is expected to touch 30,000 tonnes by 2020.

“Presently the average Malay­sian produces 0.8kg of rubbish a day,” he said.

He added that 11 more landfills would be built under the 10th Malaysia plan.

Dr Nadzri said at present, there are 176 landfills in Malaysia and more were needed to handling the increasing amount of waste.

“We will also have five mini incinerators soon to manage solid wastes at islands and highland areas,” he said.

“The incinerator in Pulau Pangkor is operational and the one in Pulau Langkawi is expected to be ready for testing in July,” he said.

Food waste, added Dr Nadzri, made up the most amount of solid waste.

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

He hopes that people would be aware of the 3R and would practise it as they need to do their part to protect the environment.

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