Landfills in Malaysia: Past, present and future

Fauziah, Shahul Hamid and Agamuthu, Pariatamby (2010) Landfills in Malaysia: Past, present and future. In: International Conference on Final Sinks, 23-25 Sep 2010, Vienna, Austria.

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In Malaysia, the absence of an integrated waste management system resulted with more than 10.40 million tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) being disposed off into landfills annually. This highlights the importance of landfills in MSW management in Malaysia. However, sustainable landfilling technology is yet to be achieved. This paper deliberates the scenarios of landfilling in Malaysia. Past and present status is thoroughly discussed while future prospects will be scrutinized. During the 1970s, the disposal sites were small and mere open-dumping grounds to cater small communities. With the population expansion in the 80s a national program was developed to manage municipal and industrial wastes more systematically. Early 1990s saw the privatization of waste management in Malaysia, and the establishment of the first sanitary and secure landfills. A more systematic waste management was gradually in place by end of 1990s. However, the absence of an integrated waste management resulted with landfills being pre-maturely closed. The flow of events had eventually led to the passing of the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007. Even though the bill is yet to be implemented, the government has taken big steps to improve waste management system further. Future waste management in Malaysia seems somewhat brighter with a clear waste management policy in place. Therefore it is hoped that waste management and landfilling can be more sustainable in the near future.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Municipal solid waste, Open-dumps, Privatization, Solid Waste Public Cleansing Management Act 2007.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Institute of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Mohd Samsul Ismail
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2014 02:11
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2019 06:22

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