Managing costs of urban pollution in Malaysia

The case of solid wastes

M. N. Hassan, Z. Zakaria, R. A. Rahman

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Today, solid waste is one of the biggest environmental problems in Malaysia (Hassan et al 1995). The amount generated continues to increase in response to rapid increase in population and accelerated urbanisation and industrialisation processes. Immediate and long-term strategies are required to ensure the country's rapid economic growth is not achieved at the expense of massive pollution costs and degraded environment. This paper discusses the magnitude of solid waste problems in Malaysia particularly the acute shortage of land for disposal and presents some preliminary analysis of the impacts in monetary terms. The paper also suggests cost-effective strategies for pollution abatement including a multicriteria evaluation of various waste disposal alternatives to find the most appropriate system for Malaysia and other fast developing countries. This paper also evaluates new policy initiatives including some economic instruments and the proposed nation-wide waste privatisation project to improve the management of solid wastes in Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-147
Number of pages21
JournalNederlandse Geografische Studies
Issue number240
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Hassan, M. N., Zakaria, Z., & Rahman, R. A. (1998). Managing costs of urban pollution in Malaysia: The case of solid wastes. Nederlandse Geografische Studies, (240), 127-147.

Managing costs of urban pollution in Malaysia : The case of solid wastes. / Hassan, M. N.; Zakaria, Z.; Rahman, R. A.

In: Nederlandse Geografische Studies, No. 240, 1998, p. 127-147.

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Hassan, MN, Zakaria, Z & Rahman, RA 1998, 'Managing costs of urban pollution in Malaysia: The case of solid wastes', Nederlandse Geografische Studies, no. 240, pp. 127-147.
Hassan, M. N. ; Zakaria, Z. ; Rahman, R. A. / Managing costs of urban pollution in Malaysia : The case of solid wastes. In: Nederlandse Geografische Studies. 1998 ; No. 240. pp. 127-147.
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