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Malaysia Closing unsafe 16 landfills will cost RM160m

PUTRAJAYA. MALAYSIA: An estimated RM160 million will be needed to close the 16 landfills nationwide which have been deemed unsafe.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Government had no choice but to spend the amount because the landfills were a danger to health and the environment due to their proximity to water catchments.

He said the Bukit Tagar sanitary landfill, responsible for ammonia pollution in Sungai Selangor in February, would continue to operate, adding that the landfill was the only waste disposal solution for Selangor and the Federal Territory.

Najib, after chairing the Cabinet Committee on Solid Waste Management, said phase one of the project required further discussion between the Economic Planning Unit and the company that operates the landfill. More here… 

Waster: Clearly there are big changes afoot for landfill in Malaysia, where inadequate leachate management has been a major problem.

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