General Scheduled Waste Information

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The duties of processing licenses and written approvals related to scheduled wastes under the Environmental Quality Act 1974 are as follows, namely:-

1. What is scheduled waste (BT)?

  • Scheduled waste is any waste that has hazardous characteristics that have the potential to negatively impact the public and the environment. A total of 77 types of scheduled waste are listed under the First Schedule, Environmental Quality (Scheduled Waste) Regulations 2005, and the management of such waste shall be in accordance with the provisions under the above Regulations.

2. Who is responsible for classifying scheduled waste?

  • The waste producer is the party responsible for classifying the scheduled waste generated because the waste producer has detailed information on how the waste is generated and the processes involved.

3. How do I want to classify a waste whether it is scheduled waste or otherwise ??

  • Waste can be classified by obtaining information on how the waste is generated and what raw materials are used in a particular process. By identifying the source of the waste and/or the specific characteristics of the waste, the waste producer can use the information obtained by referring to the list of scheduled waste listed in the First Schedule, Environmental Quality (Scheduled Waste) Regulations 2005 to classify a waste and code Appropriate SW.

4. Who should I consult if there is any doubt whether the waste generated is scheduled waste or not?

  • Referral can be made to any State Department of Environment or to the Hazardous Materials Division, Putrajaya Department of Environment.

5. Is the handling of scheduled waste different from other non -hazardous industrial wastes?

  • Yes, scheduled waste handling is different from other wastes. The handling of scheduled waste must comply with the Environmental Quality (Scheduled Waste) Regulations 2005 and must be recovered or disposed of at premises licensed by the Department of Environment only.

6.How can I apply for storage purposes exceeding 20 metric tons or/and 180 days ??

  • Storage applications in excess of 20 metric tons and/or 180 days must be submitted to the State Department of Environment by completing form AS.STOR BT.2-2011 together with the relevant documents.

7. What is meant by special management of scheduled waste?

  • Special management of scheduled waste is a method of management specific to a particular type of waste that is scientifically proven to have no hazardous characteristics that have the potential to adversely affect human health and the environment, which will be recommended by waste producers, to be excluded from processing, obtained returned or disposed of at Designated Premises (PYDT) licensed by the Department of the Environment or on -site facilities. The relevant legal provisions for the special management of scheduled waste are Regulation 7, Environmental Quality (Scheduled Waste) Regulations 2005.

8. How do I want to apply for special management of scheduled waste?

  • Application for special management of scheduled waste can be submitted to the Hazardous Materials Division, Department of Environment Headquarters by submitting complete information based on the Guidelines for Application for Special Management of Scheduled Waste, together with RM 300 processing fee in the form of check or postal order in the name of “Director General of Environment ”. The application must also be accompanied by a chemical analysis report proving that the scheduled waste applied for does not have hazardous properties. If you need more information, please contact the officer at the Evaluation and Development Section, Hazardous Materials Division, Department of Environment Headquarters.

9. How long does it take to process a special scheduled waste management application?

  • Within 4 weeks after the Department of Environment receives complete information from the applicant.

10. For the purpose of scheduled waste sampling stated in the scheduled waste special management application guidelines, can I as a waste producer conduct waste sampling for the chemical analysis myself?

  • No, scheduled waste sampling for the purpose of chemical analysis shall be carried out by an independent and qualified party.

11. Which laboratory can perform chemical analysis for scheduled wastes?

  • Chemical analysis of scheduled wastes can be carried out by any accredited and independent laboratory. The latest list of accredited laboratories can be checked through the website of the Department of Standards Malaysia at www.standardsmalaysia.gov.my.

12. What is illegal scheduled waste disposal?

  • Illegal disposal of scheduled waste is the placing, placing or disposing of or causing or permitting to be placed, placed or disposed of without first obtaining any approval from the Director General of Environment.

13. What information is required to make a report on illegal disposal of scheduled waste?

  • Report to DOE if you find an illegal scheduled waste disposal site. Please provide the following information: -i) Site location;
    ii) Registration number and type of vehicle suspected;
    iii) Information on the parties involved.

14. What are the main effects in the event of illegal disposal of scheduled waste?

  • The main effects in the event of illegal disposal of scheduled waste are:-
    i) Pollution to waterways, groundwater, atmosphere and soils
    ii) Poisoning to humans, plants and other living things
    iii) Effects on health such as cancer
    iv) Damages the skin and body tissues
    v) Fire at landfill

15. What is the procedure to obtain a license for Designated Premises (Scheduled Waste Treatment and Disposal Facilities) under Section 18 (1) of the Environmental Quality Act 1974?

  • The procedure for processing approval for new facilities for Designated Premises (Scheduled Waste Treatment and Disposal Facilities) involves three (3) stages, namely:
    (a) Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report Approval or Site Preliminary Assessment (PAT) Approval;
    (b) Written Consent Approval (KB); and
    (c) Approval of License under Section 18 (1) of the Environmental Quality Act 1974.
    These applications must be submitted to the relevant State DOE Office. Please refer to the relevant DOE State Office for advice and reference documents on the license application procedure for Designated Premises (Scheduled Waste Treatment and Disposal Facilities) under Section 18 (1) of the Environmental Quality Act 1974.

16. What is the application of the ‘e-Consignment Note’ system and how to use the ‘e-Consignment Note’ system application which has been mandatory / mandatory for all producers, transport contractors and recipients of scheduled waste?

  • The e-Consignment Note system application was developed to create a systematic method of online storage and retrieval of information to replace the existing manual system. The use of this system came into effect on 1 January 2012 on all producers, transport contractors and recipients of scheduled waste. The system includes all scheduled waste transactions and updates of Scheduled Waste Notification, Inventory, and Consignment Notes information. DOE also provides a hands on training program to provide training to the industry on the use of the ‘e-Consignment Note’ system from time to time. For further inquiries on the use of this system application by contacting the in-charge officer of the DOE License Regulatory Section Headquarters at 03-8871 2132.

17. I need a DOE File No. to register with the e-Consignment Note system. How can I get the DOE File No.?

  • The applicant must contact the relevant State DOE to obtain the no. DOE file for the purpose of e-Consignment Note system registration.

18. My company would like to dispose of chemical waste produced by my factory. How can I get a list of contractors who are qualified in the waste disposal work

  • A list of certified contractors licensed by the Department of Environment to handle the transportation and disposal of scheduled waste in Malaysia can be obtained through the website http://eswis.jas.sains.my/contractor/contractor_list.php

19. What is the Basel Convention?

  • The Basel Convention on the Control of the Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal is the most effective and comprehensive international agreement in the management of hazardous wastes. It sets rules to control the export, import and disposal of hazardous wastes. For more information please visit the website www.basel.int

20. What is the type of import/export permit issued by DOE?

  • The Department of the Environment issues a written letter of approval for the export or import of scheduled waste.

21.Can I export scheduled waste?

  • Scheduled waste is not allowed to be exported except:-
    i) There is no recovery facility capable of processing the waste;
    ii) Scheduled waste is exported not for disposal.

22.Can I import scheduled waste ???

  • The Department of Environment does not allow any importation of scheduled waste unless the scheduled waste is used as raw material and it cannot be obtained locally.

23. If a factory wants to import or export scheduled waste, what form needs to be completed?

  • For applications to export or import scheduled waste, the factory must submit the following form:-
    i) US Form 14- importing scheduled waste
    ii) US Form 15A- exporting scheduled waste

24. How to obtain a license to import or export non -scheduled waste materials?

  • Please refer to the Checklist – Application to Import or Export Non -Scheduled Waste

25. How long will it take you to process the application?

  • Within 3 weeks

26. How to submit an application?

  • According to the address as stated in the Checklist – Application to Import or Export Non -Scheduled Waste

27. Does the Department of Environment enforce legislation related to contaminated soil management in Malaysia?

  • Legislation related to the management of contaminated soil in Malaysia is stated under Section 24, Environmental Quality Act 1974 which is the Restriction on Soil Pollution. The department is drafting regulations related to restrictions on soil pollution to enable Section 24 to be enforced.

28. When will the legislation related to the management of contaminated land in Malaysia be enforced?

  • The Department of Environment is in the process of drafting a restriction regulation on soil pollution in Malaysia. The department will inform the public through the website of the Department of Environment (https://www.doe.gov.my) on the enforcement of the rules.

29. Are there any reference documents related to contaminated land management in Malaysia?

  • The Department of Environment has published three (3) series of Guidelines for the Management and Control of Contaminated Soil in Malaysia in June 2009.

30. What is the status of the three (3) series of Guidelines for the Management and Control of Contaminated Land in Malaysia in terms of legislation?

  • These three (3) series of Guidelines for the Management and Control of Contaminated Land in Malaysia are still in the status of guidelines until the regulations related to restrictions on soil pollution are gazetted. The use of these three (3) series of Guidelines for the Management and Control of Contaminated Soils is highly encouraged. The Department welcomes feedback and improvements to these three (3) series of Guidelines for the Management and Control of Contaminated Land before it is enforced together with regulations related to restrictions on soil pollution.

31. Who is allowed to carry out assessment and rehabilitation of contaminated land in Malaysia?

  • Individuals or consulting companies who meet the eligibility requirements as stated in item 4, Contaminated Land Management and Control Guidelines No. 1: Malaysian Recommended Site Screening Levels for Contaminated Land is the party that is allowed to carry out assessment and rehabilitation of contaminated land in Malaysia. Please be informed that this requirement is only effective when regulations related to restrictions on soil pollution are gazetted.
The public can now send electrical and electronic waste to collection centers registered with the Department of the Environment. The types of waste collected are mobile phones, computers/ laptops, washing machines/ dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners and televisions.
 
Click the link below for more information : https://ewaste.doe.gov.my/index.php/about/list-of-collectors/

Scheduled Waste Guidelines

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