LABUAN: Nearly 200 industry members and technical students attended a scheduled waste management seminar organised by the Department of Environment (DOE) Labuan and Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn. Bhd.
Held at the Labuan Industrial Training Institute, the half-day seminar was aimed at assisting scheduled waste generators – especially those from the oil and gas industry – better understand issues faced in managing scheduled waste according to prescribed laws and regulations.
The event was officiated by DOE (Labuan) Director, Norina Frederick Sambang. In her welcoming address, Sambang stressed that the primary objective of having modern waste management systems in place was to protect the public and the environment from potentially harmful effects of waste, especially hazardous waste. She 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.
Sambang later 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.
Her talk was followed by a presentation by Trienekens’ Division Manager of Business Development, Gary Speldewinde, entitled “Cradle-to-grave solutions for Scheduled Waste”; which highlighted the available disposal avenues available to waste generators in East Malaysia.
Sambang later thanked the organising committee for their efforts and expressed her hope that the seminar had successfully created a common platform for scheduled waste generators and the regulating bodies to share their knowledge, views, experiences and best practices in the field of scheduled waste management and environmental sustainability.