Plastic waste brought into Perak not hazardous, says DoE

Resourceco Asia (M) Sdn Bhd managing director Pavel Cech (right) showing Perak Education, Science, Technology and Environment Committee chairman Abdul Aziz Bari plastic waste meant for recycling. (Bernama pic)

IPOH: The Perak Department of Environment (DOE) has given an assurance that the plastic waste brought into the state for recycling as alternative fuel is safe.

Its director Norazizi Adinan said the waste obtained from local suppliers all over the country do not contain toxic or hazardous substances.

“Every month, we receive (from the company) a list of 40 local suppliers and the items with information such as the weight, and all these are being monitored,” he said.

Norazizi accompanied Education, Science, Technology and Environment Committee chairman Abdul Aziz Bari on an inspection of the site at the IGB Industrial Park in Tasek here today following a report by Britain’s Daily Mail Online of the discovery of a “6m high mound of waste deep in the Malaysian jungle” comprising food packaging or plastic waste from foreign countries.

The company carrying out the recycling, Resourceco Asia (M) Sdn Bhd, said the plastic waste will be moved to a new warehouse at the plant here by the end of the year.

“The warehouse is under construction and to provide the zero waste solution to the local industries, we need to store the material somewhere.

“So, with the approval of DOE, we have stored them here,” its managing director Pavel Cech said.

He said the company obtains between 3,000 and 4,500 tonnes of waste a month to be recycled as processed engineered fuel to produce cement.