More than a hundred industry members in the Federal Territory of Labuan recently attended a waste management seminar which was jointly organised by the Department of Environment(DOE) Labuan, Labuan Corporation, and Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd.
The half-day seminar aimed at assisting waste generators – especially those from the oil and gas industry – better understand issues faced in managing scheduled and commercial waste according to prescribed laws and regulations.
In his welcoming address, DOE (Labuan) Director, Amir Hamzah bin Haji Musa stressed that the primary objective of having modern waste management systems in place is to protect the public and the environment from potentially harmful effects of waste, especially hazardous waste. He also reminded participants how companies are required by law to inform the authorities on the types and quantities of scheduled waste generated and the associated collection, storage and processing methods used.
Trienekens’ Business Development Department Manager, Hafizah bt Hamdan later briefed seminar attendees on the various methods and technologies used by Trienekens to treat municipal and commercial waste, while Division Manager, Jeremy Sim spoke on the disposal avenues available to hazardous waste generators in East Malaysia. Also present was Trienekens’ Labuan Branch Department Manager, Rudhiwan Loji.
DOE Labuan’s Senior Assistant Director, Gwendolyne Christopher then delivered a lecture on scheduled waste management, which provided participants with an insight into compliancy to the Environmental Quality Act, besides drawing attention to the current issues of hazardous waste management in Malaysia.
Amir later thanked the organising committee for their efforts and expressed his hope that the seminar had successfully created a common platform for waste generators and the regulating bodies to share their knowledge, views, experiences and best practices in the field of waste management and environmental sustainability.