DOE refutes viral social media post, says no exclusive right awarded to single party to manage scheduled waste

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  • Monday, 07 Sep 2020

PETALING JAYA: No exclusive rights have been licensed to any of the designated waste premises facilities to handle the disposal of scheduled waste (SW) in the country, says the Department of Environment (DOE).

Director-general Norlin Jaafar (pic) said, in a statement Monday (Sept 7), that the department had issued licences for the reacquisition, management and scheduled disposal of SW to 406 licensed SW facilities and 343 SW transporters across the country to ensure that the management and disposal of such waste remained effective and adhered to the Environment Quality Act 1974.

"The department is not involved in charging any costs. Any costs charged to the SW producer are determined by the designated licensed waste facility," she said in a statement Monday (Sept 7).

She was responding to a viral message that accused the Government of giving exclusive contracts to a few companies to collect SW.

In a viral Facebook post, a social media user alleged that approved contractors are charging high fees to collect SW.

Norlin said for the management of scheduled waste in the country, all industries and sources that produce SW must handle it effectively in terms of notification, waste information, storage, labelling, inventory, and movement information of the SW.

"All of this needs to be recorded in the system or via eSWIS (Electronic Scheduled Waste System) in accordance with the requirements under the Environmental Quality (Scheduled Wastes) Regulations 2005," she said.

She added that the exclusive rights to manage scheduled waste had once been awarded by the government for the operation of a centralised integrated scheduled waste management centre.

Kualiti Alam Sdn Bhd had held the licence for a period of 15 years from March 1, 2000, to Feb 28, 2015.

"In this regard, the government plans to build five integrated waste management facilities in Johor, Perak, Terengganu, Sabah and Penang, to ensure better management of SW," she said.

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