Waste and Effluent Management
Illegal dumping activities in Malaysia have drawn public attention and sparked rising concerns on the way construction waste are being managed within the
country. Poor waste management, ranging from nonsystematic segregation to illegal disposal leads to air pollution, water and soil contamination which pose serious risk to the environment and human health.
We strongly believe in our responsibility and role in managing the environment and community wellbeing. Thus, we remain committed in managing waste generated from our operations according to local waste regulations. We are determined to minimise negative impacts to the environment and human wellbeing through responsible waste and e-waste management efforts.
Construction Waste Management Practices
Our operations generate different types of waste, including construction, scheduled and municipal waste. We aim to ensure that all construction wastes are managed through our Waste Management Plan (WMP), improving resource efficiency and minimising waste disposal to landfills.
To ensure effective implementation of the WMP, our project teams on-site is responsible to monitor, record and report waste generated from our operations. The chart below illustrates Gamuda’s on-site WMP.
The 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle)
The 3R concept is the fundamental approach for solid waste management and this practice is adopted at both our construction site and Menara Gamuda. Our key initiatives according to the 3R approach are as illustrated in the table below:
To enhance our waste management approach and performance, our FY2019 data was set as our preliminary waste baseline to determine the target to reduce 10% of our waste disposed to landfill at our construction sites by FY2020. Gamuda IBS has also set a target to recycle 100% unusable steel bars and 80% of hydraulic and lubricating oil by FY2020.
The discharge of stormwater and wastewater is strictly regulated by the government to prevent environmental pollution and flood mitigation. As part of the requirements of the Urban Stormwater Management Manual (MSMA) developed by the Department of Irrigation and Drainage, we strictly monitor and track the quality of water discharged through an Erosion and Sedimentation Control (ESC) plan. The ESC plan ensures pollutants such as Turbidity and Total Suspended Solids (TSS) readings of the discharged water do not exceed the legal limits, thus preventing pollution of the Earth’s valuable water source.
Stop Single-Use Plastics
In addition to the 6R initiative, we embarked on a new initiative to eliminate the use and provision of plastic water bottles by August 2019 to support Malaysia’s Roadmap Towards Zero Single-Use Plastics by 2030. Stainless steel water bottles are provided to Gamuda Land’s employees as a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative whilst raising environmental consciousness among our employees.
Aligning with Gamuda Land’s Brand Value “We Respect the Nature and the Environment”, we also set out to create awareness on the usage of single-use plastic among Gamuda Land customers. Instead of disposable water bottles, portable water filters are provided for public or marketing events while floor standing water dispenser and wax-free paper cups are provided at all Gamuda Land Experience Galleries and Satellite offices.
In 2018, almost 140,000 plastic bottles were purchased for general usage. With our new commitment, we estimate a potential annual savings of RM46,000. We aim for continuous improvement in our waste management efforts to minimise the impact of consumption on the environment.