Perspective on the roles and challenges of waste dealers in Malaysia

Innocent A. Jereme, Chamhuri Siwar, Rawshan Ara Begum, Basri Abdul Talib, Zaini Sakawi

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This paper focused on the roles and activities of waste dealers and the problems facing waste recycling enterprises in Malaysia. Ethnographic methodology such as interview with district officials of waste management, officials from Alam Flora (private waste concessioners) and waste dealers, participant and non participant observation was applied for in-depth understanding of waste recycling activities in Kuala Langat and Sepang districts of Selangor state in Malaysia. The study found that there are formal and informal recycling enterprises who deal on recycling of scrap metals, papers and plastic materials. The study further revealed that problems facing the waste dealers are in two folds such as inconsistent policies on the part of the local councils on mode of business operation for waste dealers and the issue of business registration of their waste enterprise. The findings also revealed that there is so much bureaucracy in registration of waste enterprise with local councils which resulted in many illegal waste operators in these areas. It is of the view of the waste dealers that to reduce illegal disposal of waste in the districts by waste dealers, business registration and operation must be transparent to reduce illegal dumping of both hazardous waste and municipal waste. The implications of this findings is that the challenges of the waste dealers discussed in this study if taken care of could play a crucial role in the government's effort in achieving 40% recycling target by 2020 in Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-326
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Solid Waste Technology and Management
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

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Keywords

  • Malaysia and Recycling
  • Waste dealers
  • Waste management

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  • Waste Management and Disposal

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Perspective on the roles and challenges of waste dealers in Malaysia. / Jereme, Innocent A.; Siwar, Chamhuri; Begum, Rawshan Ara; Abdul Talib, Basri; Sakawi, Zaini.

In: Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management, Vol. 42, No. 4, 01.11.2016, p. 319-326.

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Jereme, Innocent A. ; Siwar, Chamhuri ; Begum, Rawshan Ara ; Abdul Talib, Basri ; Sakawi, Zaini. / Perspective on the roles and challenges of waste dealers in Malaysia. In: Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management. 2016 ; Vol. 42, No. 4. pp. 319-326.
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