Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Waste to Energy (WtE) Waste Management Technology

Have you heard of Waste to Energy (WtE)? In layman's term, I think all of us can appreciate that it is a form of energy restoration from our daily wastes (garbages), but not many actually understand how does it work.

Where do the solid wastes go?

Earlier on, I have shared something about splitting the everyday waste according to the types: Paper, Glass and Metal, to ease the job of the garbage collectors throughout the handling process. But what happens next? We'll see.....

Traditionally, they will be transported to waste disposal sites which may exude smelly methane gases that pollutes the environment and our country has been facing the issue of landfill shortages for some time, until we finally found a better alternative!

Few years back, Malaysia has finally ventured into a new modern waste treatment technology and built Waste to Energy (WtE) power plants where it generates electricity or heat directly through the burning of solid wastes, and such renewable energy can be used for vehicles and more.

The above diagram shows how a typical WtE plant operates, and I am glad to find such technology in our country for a more sustainable environment in future. At the end of WtE, the amount of final wastes transported to the disposal site can be reduced by up to 85%! Amazing, right?

In fact, this is a proven technology in other countries, and Malaysia is moving towards such effort over the past few years.

I am not sure how a WtE plant looks like in our country (Perhaps I'd have a chance to make a visit there next time!) but such sites are quite common in other countries, including our neighbour Singapore.

For now, we have few WtE Gasification Power Plant, and more will soon be built at:
1. Taman Beringin, Kuala Lumpur.
2. Bukit Payung, Johor.
3. Sungai Udang, Melaka.

So...how can you and I contribute to this? Being part of the nation, our role is easier said than done--- Practise 3R (Reuse, Reduce and Recycle) as much as possible, to achieve the waste reduction rate of 22% by 2020, and with WtE, the government furthers gets rid of the wastes and improves the rate up to 40%.

NOTICE FOR MULTI-STOREY PREMISES:
From 1 September 2015, all households in the relevant states that adapt the Act 672: Akta Pengurusan Sisa Pepejal dan Pembersihan Awam 2007 are required to segregate the wastes according to the following categories:

– Leftovers (Food and kitchen waste, disposable diapers etc) – Dispose into the communal bin; and
– Recyclable solids waste – Wrap with plastic and segregate into Plastic, Paper and Others (Tin, glass, ceramic) bins.

Should the recyclable wastes not being segregated from food and other wastes, the authority will take actions as below:
Warning by SWCorp until 31 Mei 2016;
– Fine is imposed from 1 June 2016 onwards:
                   First offence – RM100.00;
                   Second offence – RM200.00; dan
                   Third or more offence – RM500.00.

Should such fine not being settled, legal actions will be taken with a maximum fine of RM1000 if found guilty.

Therefore, everyone's effort does matter! Let's work holistically towards a more sustainable, cleaner environment! Wanna know more about Waste to Energy? Visit wte.kpkt.gov.my!

26 comments:

  1. Interesting post. I never actually thought about where our waste go to but it's good that it is being turned into energy

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    1. Dear Miriam, I wouldn't have thought of that too! :) let's play our parts together ya

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  2. Great technology and thanks for sharing it. It's really interesting and informative!

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    1. Dear Kylie, thanks and I hope you enjoyed reading!

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  3. Great Post! And its very meaningful :) we need to learn how to save the earth for the sakes of our children. High five!

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    1. Dear Bembem, let's take this as a learning process together :)

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  4. nice technology and is informative

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  5. Yup we should segregate our waste before throwing them out, this could generate into energy.

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    1. Dear Kelly, that's absolutely what we need to do :) Let's play our roles together

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  6. lets so our part for the environment before it is too late.... great post...

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    1. Dear Miera, yes and do feel free to share with people around you :)

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  7. Lovely post Fish - never really thought about it before. Very informative and its a nice tech to experience. Will practice the 3R as much as possible after this.

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    1. Dear Shiv, hope it gives you a better insight on WTE, don't forget to share this with people around you too

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  8. Times to split our garbage to protect our environment. Thanks for the infor.

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    1. Dear Jane, yes do share it with your kids too :)

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  9. This is so informative and educational! Thanks for sharing this Fish :D

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    1. Hey Caroline, hope you enjoyed reading !

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  10. we really need this technology in malaysia

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    1. Hi Wilson, in fact we have it for a couple of years already but not many actually realise it :)

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  11. you just reminded me i haven't done my writeup yet..

    WTE, i'm a big supporter of this technology. here's hoping this will be the effective way our waste is treated and disposed.

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    1. Dear Isaac, I'm looking forward to see the result too :)

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  12. great post fish..this technology is really what we malaysian needs..i cant wait to see the plant :)

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    1. Dear Ayue, yes true indeed! Who knows maybe one day we can have site visit there? Hahah!

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  13. that's cool if we can change waste to energy here in Malaysia no need to worry about too much waste or not enough energy in future

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    1. Dear Leona, it will be great for the future of our environment. Let's work towards the nation's goal together!

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