Assessing Problems and Prospects of Solid Waste Management in Malaysia

Jereme, I.A., Siwar, C., Begum, R.A., Talib, B.A., and Alam, M.M. 2015. Assessing Problems and Prospects of Solid Waste Management in Malaysia, e-Bangi, Vol. 10(2), pp. 70-87

17 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2017

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Innocent Jereme

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Rawshan Begum

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Basri Talib

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Chamhuri Siwar

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Md. Mahmudul Alam

Universiti Utara Malaysia

Date Written: March 29, 2017

Abstract

Malaysia has seen a high rate of economic growth in past couple of decades hand in hand with an ever increasing size of population. As a consequence, the issue of sustainable waste management has become an important priority for policymakers and other stakeholders of the society. Although there are potentials to recycle up to 80 per cent of the total dry wastes collected, currently most of them are deposited into various landfill sites. Waste treatment facilities are also insufficient in the country. The government has introduced SWM Act 2007 along with other initiatives to improve the waste management scenario, but more needs to be done to be able to recycle and treat a major portion of the wastes. Based on studies on the state of Selangor in Malaysia, this paper this paper attempts to analyse the waste management scenario of Malaysia and the problems and prospects of waste recycling there. The paper will help the policy makers, waste management strategists, local administrators and researchers in the field to formulate sustainable policies and identify further areas of study in the relevant field

Keywords: Recycling, landfills, waste management, solid waste, environment, Malaysia

Suggested Citation

Jereme, Innocent and Begum, Rawshan and Talib, Basri and Siwar, Chamhuri and Alam, Md. Mahmudul, Assessing Problems and Prospects of Solid Waste Management in Malaysia (March 29, 2017). Jereme, I.A., Siwar, C., Begum, R.A., Talib, B.A., and Alam, M.M. 2015. Assessing Problems and Prospects of Solid Waste Management in Malaysia, e-Bangi, Vol. 10(2), pp. 70-87. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2942939

Innocent Jereme

National University of Malaysia (UKM) ( email )

43600 Bandar Baru Bangi
Bangi, Selangor 06010
Malaysia

Rawshan Begum

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

43600 Bandar Baru Bangi
Bangi, Selangor 06010
Malaysia

Basri Talib

National University of Malaysia (UKM) ( email )

43600 Bandar Baru Bangi
Bangi, Selangor 06010
Malaysia

Chamhuri Siwar

National University of Malaysia (UKM) ( email )

43600 Bandar Baru Bangi
Bangi, Selangor 06010
Malaysia

Md. Mahmudul Alam (Contact Author)

Universiti Utara Malaysia ( email )

Sintok, Kedah
Malaysia

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