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Scheduled Waste Management

Sections 22, 24 and 25 of the Environmental Quality Act, 1974 place strict restrictions and impose heavy penalties on any form of pollution to the atmosphere, soil and inland waters. In particular, Section 25 places restriction on the discharge or deposit of any environmentally hazardous substances, pollutants or wastes that result in the pollution on inland waters.

Any person who contravenes these sections shall be guilty of an offence and be liable to a fine of not exceeding one hundred thousand Ringgit or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years or to both.

In view on the serious penalties imposed on the offenders, and to encourage proper industrial waste management, the Malaysian government has developed a comprehensive set of legal provisions relating to the management of toxic and hazardous wastes.

The Environmental Quality (Scheduled Wastes) Regulations 1989 came into force on the 1st May 1989 with the intention of regulating 107 categories of wastes classified as Scheduled Wastes (which are listed in the First Schedule of the Regulations). The Regulation is based on the cradle-to-grave principle as it aims to ensure that scheduled wastes are managed properly from their generation (cradle) to their ultimate disposal (grave) at an approved treatment facility.

To ensure Scheduled Wastes generated from construction and operational activities are managed in accordance with the Environmental Quality (Scheduled Wastes) Regulations 1989, it is essential that a Scheduled Waste management system is set up and a proper on-site storage area is identified to ensure the safe storage of Scheduled Wastes.

ESI will assist you in the setting up of a Scheduled Waste management system to ensure compliance with the Environmental Quality (Scheduled Wastes) Regulations 1989, which will include the advice on the following:

  • Generation of Scheduled Wastes;
  • Identify type of Scheduled Wastes;
  • Storage Facility for Scheduled Waste;
  • Inventory Record for Schedule Waste; and
  • Disposal for Scheduled Wastes.