Invited Session: Resource Management and Waste Diversion

Waste Management in Malaysia: Towards a Holistic Approach (0.5 CEU)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
9:00 – 9:30
Room 309

Moderator: Christof Delatter, Coördinator Interafval, VVSG, Belgium

Inadequate solid waste management has become a significant public health, economic and environmental concern around the world. In 2016, Malaysia produced an average of 38,000 tonnes of solid waste daily, which include 15,000 tonnes of food waste. Therefore, the Malaysian government is committed to improve the quality solid waste management over the last decade.

In 2007, the Government passed the Solid Waste Management Act, shifting executive authority on solid waste management and public cleansing in Peninsular Malaysia from the local authorities to the federal government. The Act sets Malaysia on the path towards a sustainable waste-management model with the comprehensive reuse, reduce, and recycle (3R) approach. The household waste separation has been enforced under the Act which contributed to the increased of Malaysia’s recycling rate in 2016 to 17.49 percent compared to 10.5 percent in 2012 and minimising the amount of solid waste for final disposal.

It earmarks waste as an economic value, diverting it from traditional landfill sites to other streams as resources and a potential energy resource. At the same time well-engineered intermediate treatment and disposal has been introduced to increase recovery and environmental protection. However, the success of the best practices implementation in solid waste management depends on the mind-set and behaviour transformation of all stakeholders in the value chain. Thus, the government has taken numerous initiatives to drive awareness of the sustainable waste-management model.

Among the initiatives are recycling and environmental clubs at thousands of schools across the country to educate students on the importance and long-term ramifications of the 3R programme. In addition to that, the government also support and facilitate public private partnership in the solid waste management industry, such as partnership to build an integrated waste management facility.

Through sustainable consumption, wastage can be minimised, thus reducing waste management cost and building a stronger economy within the local community. The transition of an effective solid waste management policy and legislation documented in the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (2016–2020) has shown that Malaysia is on the right path towards sustainable solid waste management.


Mohammad Bin Mentek, Secretary General of Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, Malaysia

Datuk Mohammad

Hailing from Semporna, Sabah, YBhg. Datuk Haji Mohammad bin Mentek holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and a Master’s of Science in Statistics from the University of Minnesota in the United States of America. In 1992, YBhg. Datuk Haji Mohammad began his career in public services as an assistant secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Telecommunication and Post Malaysia. Prior to his tenure with the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, YBhg. Datuk Haji Mohammad served in the following capacity; Assistant secretary at the Perak State Finance Office, Director of Labuan Immigration Office, Director of National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), Sabah, Director of Sabah Immigration Office, Director General of Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM), Secretary of Human Resources department under the Ministry of Education Malaysia On 16th February 2015, YBhg. Datuk Haji Mohammad was appointed as the Deputy Secretary General (Management) for Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government. As of 27th May 2016, YBhg. Datuk Haji Mohammad is the Secretary General of the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government.