PASIR GUDANG: The Bukit Payung sanitary landfill project in Batu Pahat is expected to be completed early next year, says the Johor Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation.
Its director Cairul Hisham Jalaluddin said the project could accommodate waste from Batu Pahat, Kluang, Labis, Muar, Renggam, Tangkak and Yong Peng, especially during the monsoon season.
“Based on the data provided by the National Solid Waste Management Department, we expect Bukit Payung to be ready by the first quarter of next year.
“It was temporarily opened during the previous monsoon season to handle the huge amount of waste generated from the floods, but for this year, we will decide later depending on the situation,” he told reporters after opening the state-level World Cleanup Day at Kampung Pasir Gudang Baru here yesterday.
Cairul said of the 16 landfills in Johor, two – the Bukit Bakri site in Muar and Pekan Nanas site in Pontian – were closed in February 2021 and July this year, after reaching their lifespans.
“We are currently developing a transfer station project in Pekan Nenas, right next to the closed location, and it is expected to be completed by the third quarter of next year,” he added.
On the clean-up programme, Cairul said the corporation hoped to attract more than 13,000 volunteers nationwide.
In Johor alone, some 1,450 volunteers would be cleaning up 58 hotspots, including riverbanks amd coastal and public gathering areas, he added.