New landfills needed in Pahang

Posted on November 2, 2010. Filed under: Waste |

-The Star-

KUANTAN: Pahang will need several new landfills because at least three sites are already nearing their capacity, state Local Government, Environment and Health Committee chairman Datuk Hoh Khai Mun said.

Citing the landfill in Temerloh, Hoh said the site had already exceeded its capacity and waste material was now being sent to the neighbouring district of Bera.

“The landfills in Kuantan and in Kampung Cheroh, Raub, are also nearing their capacity and there is a need to open new sites.

“We are identifying a new site in Raub while another site has been earmarked near Jerangau, bordering Kemaman, Terengganu,” he told The Star.

Hoh said all the 14 districts in Pahang had at least one landfill each but due to scarcity of land, incinerators were being built in Cameron Highlands and Tioman Island.

Hoh said the incinerator project in Kampung Raja, Cameron Highlands, had received the green light from the Federal Government and work was currently in progress.

“So far, all the landfill sites in Pahang are located far away from water catchment areas.

“There is no danger of waste water seeping into water treatment plants,” he said, adding that if a landfill was located too far away, the cost of transportation would be a major problem.

Hoh revealed that an allocation of between RM1mil and RM1.5mil was needed just to build the infrastructure of a landfill over one acre of land, not including other maintenance costs.

However, he said it was still cheaper than building an incinerator as all the parts needed to be imported.

“The state government does not have the financial means to carry out these projects and needs assistance from the Federal Go­­vern­ment.

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