Posted by adminJanuary 11, 2008General

Survey on Industrial Waste in Melaka

Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act (2007) will be implemented by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (MHLG) from 2008 onwards. Under the support of DANIDA Solid Waste Management Component, Eco-Ideal is currently involved in carrying out a field survey to establish an overview of industrial waste management today. The results attained will contribute to the future formulation of relevant regulations and standards for industries.

Survey in Melaka, Dec 2007


The year 2008 will mark the implementation of a new comprehensive law concerning the generation, collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of non-hazardous waste in Peninsular Malaysia.

This Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act (2007) will be implemented by the new Department of National Solid Waste Management under the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (MHLG). The Act describes the different categories of solid waste encompassed within these laws and contains a set of general rules and regulations for collection and disposal procedures.

However, the fine details required to clarify legislation so that it is applicable to specific situations has yet to be decided upon. In order to attain the necessary information to formulate these regulations for the Ministry, Eco-Ideal, with support from the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), has been engaged to assist in undertaking the task of establishing an overview of the existing management of non-hazardous industrial waste. Eco-Ideal’s involvement ranges from overall planning of the survey, technical support in the form of manpower for ground work activities to data analysis and assessment once sufficient amount of relevant information has been collected.

Ground work concentrates on interviews held at a diverse range of companies located within six industrial parks in the state of Malacca. The first rounds of field visits and interviews were held towards the end of December 2007 and have continued to take place on a weekly basis. A total of 90 field visits and interviews have been held to date and the Survey Team strives to reach their overall target of 100 interviews before mid January 2008.

The information accumulated during the first four weeks of the survey highlights the need to regulate industrial waste in a more holistic manner. Unlicensed collectors who may be disposing of waste in an illegal manner are still at large while the majority of companies are unaware of the (financial) benefits of recycling.

While we are pleased to note that an increasing amount of industries are becoming more environmentally conscious those guilty of severe mismanagement must be found and reprimanded. The new Act will play a significant role in making sure this happens.

For more specific information on the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act (2007) please refer to the MHLG website ( Prepared by CHRISTOPHER ANDEL
Mr. Christopher Andel is a trainee with Eco-Ideal Consulting Sdn. Bhd. He holds a B. Environmental Social Sciences (Hons) from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England. He is currently coordinating a survey on the generation of non-hazardous industrial wastes in State of Malacca. He also assists with other CDM projects.


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