The Landfills in Pekan Nenas and Jemaluang to Last till 2024

Two more landfills are expected to open in the near time

Cairul Hisham Jalaluddin, director of Johor SWCorp (image courtesy of Cairul Hisham Jalaluddin Facebook page)

According to the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp), two landfill sites in the state in Pekan Nenas, Pontian, and Jemaluang, Mersing, Johor could only last the next three years.

Cairul Hisham Jalaluddin, director of Johor SWCorp, said that numerous policies were introduced to prolong the lifetime and reduce land usage at the more than 25-year-old sites, including the creation of waste-to-energy facilities.

“Although the two landfills are expected to last until 2024, they have not reached a critical level and can still be managed.

“In fact, SWCorp is actively carrying out the Separation At Source (SAS) campaign as part of efforts to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills,” he said at a press conference held after a breaking fast event with members of the media.

According to Cairul Hisham, SWCorp plans to open two more waste transfer centres in Pontian and Muar. A new landfill site in Bukit Payung is scheduled to be operational by the third quarter of this year, he added.

Pekan Nanas, Jemaluang, Batu Empat, Kota Tinggi; Buloh Kasap, Segamat; Moakil, Labis; Seelong, Johor Bahru; Tanjung Langsat, Pasir Gudang, and Bandar Penawar are the eight landfills in Johor.

In other news, Mohd Norlisam Mohd Nordin, the corporate general manager of SWM Environment Sdn Bhd (SWM Environment), said that from 8th to 15th May, a total of 4,586 garbage collection staff from the solid waste and public cleaning concession business will be in service.

He said the garbage collection process, which would include 907 multi-purpose devices, would concentrate on 40 hotspots for the most solid waste disposal.

SWCorp collected an average of 2,472 tonnes of solid waste per day during Aidilfitri last year, compared to 2,642 tonnes per day in 2019.