Fatma Sabariah Alias, Latifah Abd Manaf*, Mariani Ho Nyuk Onn @Ariffin,
Sabrina J. Ho Abdullah

Faculty of Environmental Studies,
Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor
E-mail: latifahmanaf@upm.edu.my

ABSTRACT. As urbanisation continues takes place, the management of solid waste is becoming a major environmental and public health problem in urban areas. In 2013, solid waste generation in Sabah was 2,062 390 kg/day where the values increase year by year where the waste generation rate in Sabah is 0.7 kg/capita. The amount will keep increasing without the improvement of linkage between government, local councils, collection service providers, traders, recycling centre operators, non-governmental organizations and related stakeholder in planning a proper solid waste management. This paper presents an overview of the solid waste management practices and challenges in Sabah respectively. There are about 23 local authority which responsible in collecting of municipal solid waste from commercial, institutional and residential areas, sweeping of roads and footways, beach and river cleaning and minimization of waste. The solid waste management is involved generation, storage, collection, processing, transfer and transport, disposal and treatment. However, uncollected area, immigrants, squatter villages and lack of human resource and finance has become the challenges to local authority in handling the solid waste management. Thus, solid waste should be manage efficiently due to sustainable environment and create a better quality life.

KEYWORDS. Solid waste, waste generation rate, local authority, solid waste management practices, challenges


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