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Waste recycling in Malaysia: problems and prospects


Hassan, Mohd Nasir and Abdul Rahman, Rakmi and Theng, Lee Chong and Zakaria, Zulina and Awang, Muhamad (2000) Waste recycling in Malaysia: problems and prospects. Waste Management & Research, 18 (4). pp. 320-328. ISSN 0734-242X; ESSN: 1096-3669


Recycling of solid wastes should be integrated into the existing and future waste management plans so as to yield the benefits of conservation of natural resources, saving of fossil fuels and prolonging lifespan times of disposal sites. This paper discusses the current status of waste recycling in Malaysia and its future prospects. Although a large amount of Malaysian wastes could be recycled, less than 5% of the total (almost 10 000 t d-1) is actually separated and recycled. There is a good demand for waste plastics, paper and glass, with resale prices of about US$60 t-1, US$44 t-1 and US$32 t-1, respectively. Recovery of only 5% of the available waste plastics, paper and glass is estimated to yield a total of about US$3.4 million y-1. Recommendations to increase recycling are discussed in the paper.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0734242X0001800404
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Keywords: Laws; Malaysia; Market prices; Policy; Scavengers; Scrap dealers; Solid waste recycling
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 09 May 2019 01:26
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 01:26
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/15155
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