KUALA LUMPUR: If the Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) recycling plant in Semenyih turns out to be efficient, the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry will suggest that all local authorities use the method to manage waste.
The ministry will observe the pilot project for two to three years before it decides whether to introduce the technology to local authorities, said Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Prof Mohd Ruddin Ab Ghani.
“The use of RDF helps fulfil the Solid Waste Management Act. We do not only eliminate the waste but also create wealth out of it,” he said during the Waste to Wealth International Conference and Exhibition 2007 here yesterday.
Asked if incinerators still needed to be built if the RDF method was successful, Ruddin said there should be alternatives.
“We hope our waste will not be thrown into landfills anymore but be processed into raw material for use. We hope to achieve 'zero' waste in the Ninth Malaysia Plan or Tenth Malaysia Plan,” he said.
Meanwhile, Core Competencies Sdn Bhd chairman Datuk Dr Mohd Ariffin Atoh said the beauty of having such a private financing initiative plant was that the Government did not come out with the capital investment. The company provides waste separation technology to plant operator Recycle Energy Sdn Bhd.
“What we only want from the Government is to give us the waste. They are receptive to the idea because they would rather send waste to our factory than landfills,” said Mohd Ariffin, adding that the Kajang Municipal Council currently sent some 500 tonnes of waste to the plant daily.
On previous complaints that the plant caused a stench in its neighbourhood, he said chemicals had been sprayed to remove the bad odour at the site.
The company also completed negotiations with Tenaga Nasional Berhad to supply electricity to the national grid, and was waiting for the turbine for its power plant to arrive to generate energy from waste in half a year, he said.