Langkawi's Garbage Problem and the new INCINERATOR

We do not normally report again and again about a long standing problem.
But today there are new developments to report:

1. Meeting of LADA with the waste companies
2. PHONE NUMBER to call if a bin overflows
3. NEW INCINERATOR on Langkawi being operational ca. in August 2012.


In a recent meeting (May 13, 2012) chaired by LADA CEO Tan Sri Khalid Ramli on garbage management and collection

which was attended by Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (PPSPPA) CEO Dato Zaini Md Nor, PPSPPA (the agency which has initiated several measures to overcome the shortage of garbage dump-sites and existence of illegal dumps in the country) has agreed to increase the f...requency of garbage collection at the main roads and tourism spots in Langkawi.

PPSPPA has also agreed to upgrade its efficiency in garbage management and collection from time to time. For enquiries on garbage collection and cleanliness, please call PPSPPA hotline at 1800 887472.

If you notice piles of uncollected rubbish and garbage at the designated places by the roadside, please call Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (PPSPPA) hotline at 1800 887472 immediately.

Source: facebook LADA 

Langkawi's new Incinerator

Langkawi's new Incinerator will generate electricity

The following text is out of an article from the STAR on 27th May 2011, with comments. The pictures are from today (17. May 2012, Mark)

LANGKAWI: The country’s first waste incineration plant which runs on power generated from solid waste, will commence operations here in August 2011 -  (trial happened on May 7th 2012, plant not operational yet. MR).

Among the notable features of this plant, which is part of the green campaign initiative, is its ability to generate its own electricity by burning waste.

The plant in Kampung Belanga Pecah, Jalan Air Hangat is now on a trial run to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Department of Environment (DOE), Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung said said after visiting the plant here yesterday. (27th May 2011, MR).

(This is obviously the Incinerator tube they used in the trial on May 7, 2012 - the other one looks still new . . .)

The RM68mil plant can process 100 tons per-day of waste to generate one megawatt of electricity.

Source: The STAR  / pics: Mark 17. Mai 2012

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After incineration, what's left of the waste is 10% of ashes that need to be disposed of in the landfill. This reduces the use of land and is much safer than the conventional way 

(This is the end product of the Incinerator. Why it landed here is not clear to me. MR)

 A visit to the incinerator today (17. Mai 2012)

showed the place nearly deserted and we could not get a confirmation when the installation will go into regular operation, but were told, that it was expected to happen within 2 or 3 months.

The Incinerator which was planned to go on trial in August 2011 – did now go on a trial run on May 7 2012. As we were told, this trial was successful.

There are two incinerator tubes, which could help to keep the basic operation up if one chain needs repair. The wear and tear and need of maintenance and repair will be very high in this plant and also the need of well trained and motivated people - otherwise there is no way this installation will work properly on a continuous basis.

In short: there is some hope - but don't expect too much too fast  :-)