Malacca looks for right incinerator for solid waste disposal

Malacca: The Malacca government is considering the right type of incinerator for the state because much of the solid waste generated is damp, said State Housing, Local Government and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ismail Othman.

The cost of constructing an incinerator was estimated at RM1 billion, he said to reporters outside the State Legislative Assembly.

The assemblyman for Kuala Linggi said the incinerator would be built adjacent to the Sungai Udang Sanitary Landfill Site to facilitate waste disposal.

Earlier, in the house, he replied to a supplementary question from Goh Leong San (Independent-Duyong) over the safety of the incinerator site and said the issue should not arise as solid waste disposal plants overseas were built close to public infrastructure.

"This incinerator technology is also used in Singapore and the plants have been built close to public areas such as hospitals and schools, and there have been no problems," he said.

Ismail said the incinerator would be environment-friendly and would comply with the Department of Environment regulations on the rate of gas emission and would be able to prevent nearby residents from experiencing health problems.

He also said that the incinerator would be able to produce renewable energy such as electricity that could reduce the dependence on natural resources.

The Sungai Udang Sanitary Landfill Site, which began operation in April 2015, receives more than 1,000 tonnes of waste a day and was to have lasted five years but reached a critical stage last April. — Bernama