Friday October 12, 2012
Three incinerators to be built via international tenders
KUALA LUMPUR: Three incineration plants with the capacity of between 500 and 800 tonnes each will be built to improve the quality of solid waste management in the country.
“The incinerators will be built via an international open tender, which will be given out in March,” Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung said at a press conference.
The incinerators, he added, would be built in Malacca, Bukit Payong in Johor and Taman Beringin here.
Currently, Malaysia only has smaller incinerators with the capacity of less than 100 tonnes each in Langkawi, Tioman, Lumut and Cameron Highlands.
“The Prime Minister has stated that if we were to build more incinerators, they would have to be of the best technology and not compromise the environment,” said Chor, adding that the Economic Planning Unit and the Public-Private Partnership Unit in the Prime Minister's Department were working with the ministry to prepare details of the tender.
The incinerators, he said, would help save landfill space.
Chor said the ministry was also looking at ways to remove all recyclable material from solid waste before these were sent to landfills.
This, he said, would be able to reduce waste by 40%.
“And, we are no longer going to be dependent on traditional landfill,” he said after visiting the Third International Green Tech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia 2012 at the KLCC yesterday.