Better waste management after privatisation

Posted on September 3, 2011. Filed under: Pollution |

-The Star-
SEREMBAN: Solid waste management and public cleanliness will be handled more efficiently with the full privatisation of services, said SWM Environment Sdn Bhd.

Its Negri Sembilan and Malacca regional manager Dr Alashari Othman said while services were provided at an interim basis, it was saddled with low payment rates by local authorities which did not reflect market price, delays and high arrears.

“The interim solid waste collection agreement also deters the firm from getting loan financing from financial institutions for capital cost investment, which is needed to buy vehicles, machinery and work tools.

“Nevertheless, the extended 16-year interim period in Johor from 1996, and in Negri Sembilan for more than eight years, has given us a valuable albeit painful experience,” he said yesterday.

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Wira Chor Chee Heung had announced the Cabinet’s agreement to enforce the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleanliness Act, effective from Thursday. Following this, he had asked the concessionaires – SWM Environment, Alam Flora Sdn Bhd and Environment Idaman Sdn Bhd – to upgrade their solid waste management and public cleanliness services.

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