KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 2020: The Department of Environment (DoE) has not granted the exclusive rights to any quarter to handle scheduled wastes.
Its director-general Norlin Jaafar said in a statement today that DoE had licensed 406 prescribed scheduled wastes facilities and 343 carriers to do the job.
“This is to ensure that the scheduled waste management is effective and meets the requirements of the Environmental Quality Act 1974.
“All industries that produce scheduled wastes must manage them properly in terms of notification, characteristic, storage, labelling, inventory and movement information,” she said.
She also clarified that the DoE has not fixed the price and costs imposed on owners of premises by those licensed to handle scheduled wastes.
Norlin’s statement came after claims that several companies have been given the exclusive rights to collect scheduled wastes and that they imposed high fees on the premises requiring the service.
In her statement, she also stressed that waste management should be recorded in the Electronic Scheduled Waste Information System in line with the requirements of the Environmental Quality (Scheduled Wastes) Regulations 2005.