Privatisation of solid waste management from Sept 1

Posted on July 7, 2011. Filed under: Waste |

New Straits Times (Malaysia)
July 7, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: The privatisation of solid waste management in Peninsular Malaysia will be completed when the Solid Waste and Urban Cleansing Management Act 2007 comes into effect on Sept 1.

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said yesterday under the act, all solid waste collection and urban cleaning services in Peninsular Malaysia would now be under the purview of three concessionaires overseeing three zones.

The central and east peninsular zones (Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory, Putrajaya, Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu excluding Selangor) will be overseen by Alam Flora Sdn Bhd; the north peninsular zone (Kedah and Perlis, excluding Penang and Perak) by Environment Idaman Sdn Bhd; and the south peninsular zone (Johor, Malacca and Negri Sembilan) by SWM Environment Sdn Bhd.

Chor said the act would enforce four key provisions – the sorting of waste at the source, reusing and recycling of waste products, the take-back system and the deposit repayment system.

“The act will not only mark the official privatisation of solid waste management, but mandatory good household waste management practices.”

The act’s scope, he said, was limited to the provision of household solid waste collection services and public cleaning services, including road, drain and beach cleanliness and trash heaps.

“The move does not include the building or operation of solid waste disposal facilities, and enforcement will be supervised by the Solid Waste and Urban Cleaning Management Corporation.”

On the exclusion of Penang, Perak and Selangor from the concession arrangement, Chor said the state governments did not want any part in the arrangement.

“Perak has begun to show interest in opting into the system but no decision has been made on this yet, while Penang has never been part of the privatisation agreement since the beginning.

“The Selangor government recently ended its arrangement with Alam Flora citing dissatisfaction with its services,” he said.

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