Megawalk 2.0: Kuala Lumpur – Putrajaya, 23-24 February to Object Incinerators

SHAH ALAM, 23 Dec: The Kuala Lumpur Tak Nak Incinerators (KTI) Action Committee announced the organisation of the Megawalk 2.0 in 23 and 24 February 2014, a walk programme from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya.

In a statement, KTI said that since the memorandum submitted by KTI to Parliament and DBKL was not given to the Prime Minister, KTI has decided to organise the Megawalk 2.0.

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They said that on February 23, 2014, KTI will hold the Mega Assembly 2.0 and will start on the road to Putrajaya in the morning.

KTI expects this trip to be 45km, and will reach the Prime Minister’s Department in Putrajaya on 24 February, 2014. Next, KTI will submit the Tak Nak Incinerator 2.0 memorandum to the Prime Minister.

“In regards to this, KTI wants to hold awareness talks about the 3Rs and incinerators in Selayang, Batu, Kepong and Segambut from December 2013 until February 2014.

“So, KTI expends an invitation to all representatives of the areas to cooperate for the success of the talks,” he said.

In addition, KTI said that the construction of the waste incinerators have an adverse effect compared to landfills.

They said that the Taman Beringin Incinerators have a burning capacity of 1,000 tons of waste per day and will produce 250 tons of residual ash which would eventually be sent to the Bukit Tagar Landfill.

Therefore, the operating cost for the incinerators consists of the cost of burning and sending the residual ash to Bukit Tagar.

“Compared to the current waste management which involves the Bukit Tagar landfill, incinerators will further increase the cost of waste management.

“According to KTI’s calculations, the management cost involving the landfill alone is RM112.2 million. With the incinerator involved, it will be RM137.6 million. In short, the cost of incinerator management is more expensive, by RM25.4 million, compared to the existing management,” they said.

It is understood by KTI that the maximum capacity of Bukit Tagar is 120 million tons of waste. To this day, the landfill is filled with 1.4 million tons of waste, there is 116 million tons of capacity still available.

The production of waste from the people of Kuala Lumpur is 2,500 tons a day; 912,500 tons a year. This means that the landfill can still operate for 120 years more to fill the 116 million tons of capacity that is empty.

“So, there is no need to build the expensive incinerator,” KTI said.

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