An assessment of waste management operation in Malaysia

Case study on Kuala Langat and Sepang

Innocent A. Jereme, Chamhuri Siwar, Rawshan Ara Begum, Md Mahmudul Alam

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Abstract

Malaysia has seen a high rate of economic growth in the past couple of decades, hand in hand with an ever increasing size of population. Consequently, the issue of sustainable waste management has become an important priority for policymakers and other stakeholders of the society. Although the respective local administrations are responsible for collection and disposal of household and industrial wastes, privatisation of the entire process has been heavily promoted and pursued by the federal government of the country. A significant number of waste dealers - both formal and informal - are currently involved in the field level. Through analysing the inputs acquired from semi-structured interviews with these waste dealers operating at Kuala Langat and Sepang districts in Selangor state, it was found that inconsistency in policy formation by local authorities on waste disposal regulations and as well bureaucracy in business registration for waste dealers has indirectly encouraged illegal dumping of waste in the districts. However, against all odds the districts have potentials for viable recycling business.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-143
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Environment and Waste Management
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Waste management
waste management
Waste disposal
Privatization
domestic waste
bureaucracy
Industrial wastes
industrial waste
privatization
waste disposal
Recycling
economic growth
Industry
stakeholder
recycling
Economics

Keywords

  • Informal sectors
  • Landfills
  • Recycling
  • Scavengers
  • Waste dealer/waste operators
  • Waste management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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An assessment of waste management operation in Malaysia : Case study on Kuala Langat and Sepang. / Jereme, Innocent A.; Siwar, Chamhuri; Begum, Rawshan Ara; Alam, Md Mahmudul.

In: International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2015, p. 133-143.

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