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(file pix) The state government is ready to sign the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007 (Act 672) to have a centralised waste park to process and recycle plastic waste. NSTP

IPOH: The state government is ready to sign the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007 (Act 672) to have a centralised waste park to process and recycle plastic waste.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamarudin said the ministry has come out with a master plan to develop a waste to energy (WTE) plant in Perak.

“It is necessary for Perak to adopt the Act to standardise the solid waste management, and a waste park will be built and equipped with one WTE and five transfer stations.

“However, we are still in talks over this matter so that Perak will have a more systematic and organised waste system,” she told reporters after paying a visit to Perak Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu at his office today.

Zuraida added that as to date, only Kelantan, Terengganu, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak that have yet to adopt the Act.

Act 672 came into force on Sept 1, 2011 and so far only Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Negri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Pahang, Kedah and Perlis agreed to adopt the act.

Under Act 672, households that failed to separate waste at source could be fined. The penalty for the offence for a landed property is between RM50 and RM500. For high-rise premises, it is between RM100 and RM500.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Faizal said the state government is ready to give its full commitment towards the plan.

“We are going to listen first to the presentation made by the ministry then we will review it thoroughly. However, I am ready to give my full commitment to cooperate with the ministry,” he said.

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