SPEECH BY YB DATO SRI DOUGLAS UGGAH EMBAS, MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT

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SPEECH BY YB DATO SRI DOUGLAS UGGAH EMBAS, MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES &

ENVIRONMENT AT THE ENSEARCH’S 10TH WASTE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION 19

JULY 2012

Puan Halimah Hassan

Director General, Dept of Environment

Encik Abd Aziz b. Long

President of ENSEARCH

Mr. K.N. Gobinathan

Chairperson of WM2012

Encik Habib Husin

Chief Operating Officer Malakoff Corporation Berhad

Encik Zamri Abdul Rahman

General Manager, Worldwide Landfill Sdn Bhd

Your Excellencies,

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning and Salam 1 Malaysia,

1. I am indeed honoured to be here this morning to officiate at ENSEARCH’s 10th

Waste Management Conference & Exhibition with the theme of “Wastes to

Opportunities”. I congratulate ENSEARCH in collaboration with Malaysian Society

of Waste Management & Environment for organizing this important conference and

would like to thank them for giving me the opportunity to be part of this useful

and beneficial event.

Distinguished guests, Ladies & Gentlemen,

2. Those of you who were here for the first day of this event should already be

aware of the impact of energy needs on the environment and the role that waste

management needs to play in both addressing the potential of generating usable

energy from waste as well as the need to manage the wastes from energy

generation. You would also be aware of the urgent need to upgrade and modernize

our wastewater management systems in order to recover potential sources of

energy and other resources of value. Today’s programme will cover Municipal

Solid and Hazardous Waste and explore the link between waste management and

climate change in Malaysia.

3. In 2012, it is estimated that Peninsular Malaysia alone generated 25,000

metric tons of municipal solid waste daily. The bulk of this is food (48%),

paper (15%), plastic (14%) followed by glass, metals and other wastes.

Regrettably, the primary means of disposing of this waste remains through the

system of landfills in the country. A total of 165 landfills remain open and

operating in Malaysia. Of these, eight are classified as sanitary landfills,

with another 11 sanitary landfills at various stages of construction. A further

131 landfills are closed and no longer receiving waste for disposal. Besides

these, at present, we have a single Refuse Derived Fuel plant, and 4 thermal

waste treatment plants; on Langkawi, Tioman and Pangkor Islands and in the

Cameron Highlands.

4. In terms of priority, the preference hierarchy remains clear. Avoidance,

reduction, and reuse remain the most preferred options; recovery and treatment

are next, with disposal and landfilling being the least preferred options. These

options have proven effective in case studies around the world, and are an

integral part of our current waste management policy moving forward. Our target

is both ambitious and clear. By 2020, we aim to reduce the amount of landfilled

waste by 40% and waste-related greenhouse gases by 38%.

5. In terms of scheduled wastes, Malaysia generated a total of almost 3.3

million, metric tons in 2011. This represents an increase of 6.3% compared to 3

million metric tons generated the previous year. In 2011, the primary scheduled

wastes were dross/slag/clinker/ash, gypsum, mineral sludge, heavy metal sludge

and e-waste.

6. Of the total scheduled wastes produced in 2011, 1.6 million metric tons

(50.57%) were managed under special management approval as stipulated under

Regulation 7, Environmental Quality (Scheduled Wastes) Regulations, 2005. This

represents an increase of 38% as compared to 1.2 million metric tons in 2010.

These wastes are mostly from power stations and drinking water treatment plants.

7. Of the remaining scheduled wastes, almost a million metric tons or slightly

more than 28% were recovered for re-use; most of which was recovered locally.

Only a small faction (0.06%) was exported for recovery in other countries

according to Basel Convention procedures.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

8. One of the new stream added to the wastes stream today, are the end-of-life

electrical and electronic goods (EEE) and e-wastes (WEEE). These wastes are

relatively recent addition to the wastes stream which is attracting increasing

attention globally as the quantity generated is rising rapidly.

9. E-wastes management is a concern not only because of the tremendous increase

in its quantity but also because it has grown in increasing complexity. E-wastes

contain a lot of toxic ingredients such as lead, beryllium, mercury, cadmium and

brominated flame retardants. These are highly hazardous substances which may

pose both occupational and environmental health threats.

10. E-wastes can also be another source of raw material if it can be efficiently

recovered through environmentally sound manner. Recycling of e-waste also

contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gases because significantly less

energy is used when compared with primary mining.

11. Thus, electrical and electronic products need to be managed throughout their

lifecycle. Therefore, involvement of manufacturers and importers in in

implementing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is important. Extended

Producer Responsibility means that producers bear a certain degree of

responsibility for proper recycling and management of the products that they

produced even after the products are used and disposed of".

12. In this regard, there is a need to develop capacity to manage recovery

efforts in a sustainable manner. Technologies are evolving rapidly in terms of

products, waste streams, and recovery processes. We also need to develop schemes

on the collection and segregation of e-waste, including take-back schemes, the

initiation of pilot repair, refurbishment and recycling schemes.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

13. In Malaysia, the quantity of e-waste generated from the industrial sector in

2009 was 134,000 metric tonne, covering 7.86% of total waste generated. While in

2010, the e-waste generation increased by 17.9% to 163,000 metric tonne,

covering 8.68% of total waste generated.

14. With the amendment of the Scheduled Waste Regulation in 2005, Malaysia has

so far managed to handle the e-waste generated from the industrial sectors in an

environmentally sound manner. However, we are still working on the management of

household e-waste as it requires an effective and efficient collection system.

Based on the report from The E-Waste Inventory Project in Malaysia in 2008

funded by Ministry of Environment Japan, the amount of e-waste generated from

household, business entities and institutions sector, in 2006 was 653,000 tons,

in 2007 was 695,000 tons and in 2008 it was 688,000 tons. On average, Malaysia

generated about 700,000 tons of e-waste from household, business entities and

institutions sector. Therefore, there is a need for proper collection,

segregation and recycling of e-waste system to be established in order to manage

the wastes in an environmentally sound manner.

16. To assist DOE in formulating the way forward for household e-waste, a pilot

project is being carried out in one of the states under JICA funding. This

E-waste pilot project is aimed at developing an appropriate, effective e-waste

collection system from households. The pilot project is expected to be used as a

model for expanding to the nationwide collection system. In the Pilot Project,

e-waste from household will be collected by appliances shops, mobile phone shops

and hypermarket chains and send to participating e-waste recyclers for

recycling. Data collected from this project will be used for nationwide model

collection system and policy development by the Department of Environment.

Distinguished guests, Ladies & Gentlemen,

18. Malaysia is well on its way to achieving the indicator that was announced by

our Prime Minister, YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak in 2009 at the 15th COP

of UNFCCC in Copenhagen. Malaysia’s effort to reduce its carbon emissions

intensity of GDP by up to 40% of its 2005 levels by year 2020 has already made

important headway. It is interesting to note that one of the major contributors

to the reduction is in the area of waste management, for example harnessing palm

oil waste to generate electricity.

19. Malaysia is also currently developing a National Carbon Disclosure

Programme. Under this programme, corporate and government agencies will be

encouraged to measure and report their carbon emissions. This programme is

envisioned to be implemented on a voluntary basis at the outset to enable

corporations to build the necessary capacity and to put the needed institutions

and frameworks into place. This programme is envisioned to be trans-sectoral and

the active involvement of entities in the waste management sector will be very

much welcome.

20. While Climate Change is currently addressed under several different policies

in a number of different government ministries, this issue is part of the

broader ambit of Sustainable Development. Therefore, the issue of sustainable

development has to be addressed in parallel with waste management. Present

efforts such as the zero burn technique, biogas trapping, and the reduction of

waste discharge in the rubber industry are a testament to this linkage and the

co-benefits that are achieved. ENSEARCH theme for this year’s Annual Waste

Conference; “Wastes to Opportunities” further builds on this symbiotic

relationship and supports the three pillars of sustainable development; economic

growth, environmental protection, and social equality.

21. It is indeed encouraging that ENSEARCH has continued in its efforts to

enhance sustainable practices through its Annual Waste Management Conference.

This “Wastes to Opportunities” conference is a constructive step forward as it

provides a platform for stakeholders and society to engage in the issues

involved in transforming waste into a profitable industry. I am confident in the

near future we will see the emergence of industries converting waste into

wealth. We hope to see more constructive engagements like this to promote

technological advances and effective practices already in use around the world

that can be brought to local context via this forum. I look forward to more

collaborations and feedback from ENSEARCH, other NGOs and civil societies for

innovative better and more effective waste management industry in our country.

21. On that note, it now gives me great pleasure to officiate ENSEARCH’s 10th

Waste Management Conference & Exhibition.

Thank you.

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