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Frequently Asked Questions About Scheduled Wastes

Scheduled waste is any wastes that possess hazardous characteristics and have the potential to adversely affect to the public health and environment.  There are 77 types of scheduled wastes listed under First Schedule of Environmental Quality (Scheduled Wastes) Regulations 2005 and the management of wastes shall be in accordance with the provisions of the above Regulations.

Waste generator is responsible to classify the waste generated as they have the detailed information on how the waste is generate and the process involved.

A waste can be classified by obtaining the information on how the waste is generated and the raw materials used in the related process. By identifying the source of the waste and/or its specific hazardous characteristics, the waste generator can use the information to classify the waste and the specific SW code by referring it to the list of scheduled wastes in the First Schedule of the Regulations of the Environmental Quality (Scheduled Wastes) Regulations 2005.

Reference can be made to the relevant Department of Environment State Office’s or the Hazardous Substances Division, Department of the Environment Headquarters.

Yes, the management of scheduled wastes is different from other non-hazardous industrial wastes which are not classify as scheduled wastes. The handling and management of scheduled wastes shall be in accordance with the must comply with the Environmental Quality (Scheduled Wastes) Regulations 2005 and shall be recovered or disposed of at premises licensed by the Department of Environment.

Application for the extension of storage of scheduled waste shall be submitted to the relevant Department of Environment State Office’s by submitting the completed form of AS.STOR BT.2-2011 accompanied by the relevant documents.

Special management of scheduled waste management is a specific method proposed by the applicant, for a particular type of waste that has been scientifically proven of not having significant hazardous characteristics with the potential to adversely affect human health and the environment, to be excluded from being treated, recovered or disposed of at a Prescribed Premises licenced by the Department or facilities on site. The relevant legislation with regards to the special management of scheduled waste is Regulation 7, Environmental Quality (Scheduled Wastes) Regulations 2005.

Application for special management of scheduled wastes shall be submitted to the Hazardous Substances Division, Department of Environment Headquarters by submitting detailed information in accordance with the Guidelines for the Application of Special Management of Schedules Wastes, accompanied with a processing fee of RM 300 in the form of check or money order to the “Director General of Environmental Quality”. Applications shall also be accompanied with an original copy of chemical analysis report proving the waste does not possess any hazardous characteristics. For further information, please contact the officer in charge at Assessment and Development Section, Hazardous Materials Division, Department of Environment Headquarters.

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

No, sampling of wastes for the purpose of chemical analysis shall be conducted by an independent and qualified person/party.

Chemical analysis of scheduled wastes can be carried out by independent and accredited laboratories. Latest list of accredited laboratories can be referred to the official website of Department of Standards Malaysia at www.standardsmalaysia.gov.my

Ilegal dumping of scheduled wastes is the place, deposit or dispose of, or cause or permit to be placed, deposit or dispose of without first obtaining any approval from the Director General of Environment.

Report to DOE if you discover any illegal dumping of scheduled wastes with the following information:-

i)             Location of dump site

ii)            Registration number and types of vehicles involved

iii)           information on suspected person

Major impact in the event of illegal dumping of scheduled wastes were:

i)             pollute watercourse, ground water, the atmosphere and land

ii)            toxic to human, plant and other organisms

iii)           Health impact such as cancer

iv)           Damage to skin and body tissues

v)            Fire outbreak at dumping site

Basel convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal is the international agreement and is the most comprehensive global environmental treaty on hazardous and other wastes. Basel Convention regulates the transboundary movements of hazardous and other wastes. For further information kindly visit www.basel.int


Department of Environment issue written approval to import or export  scheduled waste.

The exportation of scheduled waste is not allowed unless:-

i)             There is no local facilities able to process or recover the scheduled waste

ii)            The exportation of the scheduled waste is not for the purposes of disposal operation.

Department of Environment Malaysia does not allow any importation of scheduled waste unless the scheduled waste is being used as a raw material and there is no local source for the waste.

For export or import of schedule wastes application, factory needs to submit form as below:-

i)             Form As 14 – import of scheduled waste

ii)            Form AS 15A – export of scheduled waste

Kindly download the form through www.doe.gov.my.

Please refer to Checklist – Application of Import or Export of None Scheduled Waste


Within three weeks


The address as indicated in Checklist – Application for Import or Export of Non-Scheduled Wastes

Laws regarding contaminated land management are stated under Section 24, Environmental Quality Act 1974 which is Restrictions on Pollution of the Soil.  Department of Environment is drafting regulations with regards to contaminated land/soil restrictions to enable Section 24 of the law to be enforced.

Department of Environment is in the midst of drafting the regulations with regards to contaminated land/soil restrictions.  The enforcement of this regulation will be made public via Department of Environment’s webpage (https://www.doe.gov.my).

DOE have published 3 series of Guidelines for Managing and Controlling Contaminated Land in Malaysia in June 2009.

From legal perspective, these guidelines are currently just guidelines until the contaminated land regulations are gazette.  Industries are highly encouraged to utilize these guidelines.  Department of Environment also welcomes any feedbacks and suggestions on these guidelines before it is fully enforced along with the contaminated land regulations.

Individuals or consultant agencies that fulfill the qualifying requirements as stated in Chapter 4 Contaminated Land Management and Control Guidelines No. 1: Malaysian Recommended Site Screening Levels for Contaminated Land are the authorised parties to execute evaluation and restorations work for contaminated land in Malaysia. However these requirements are only enforced once the contaminated land regulations are gazette.

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June 25, 2021 @ 11:07 am

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