Brunei plans to build waste-to-electricity incinerator plant

Bruneian women pose for photos during a Royal Birthday Cycling Recreation 2019 event in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on Sept. 8, 2019.(Photo by Jeffrey Wong/Xinhua)

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Brunei plans to build a waste incineration plant that can process 800 to 1,000 tons of waste per day to generate electricity, said Dato Haji Mohd Juanda, the country's minister of development at the 19th Legislative Council meeting.

According to the local daily Borneo Bulletin on Sunday, the minister said during the elaboration of his ministry's annual budget at the Legislative Council meeting that the waste incineration plant would achieve more resilient and efficient solid waste management and stress the need for a much smaller area for landfills.

"Problems such as odor and leachate that are usually associated with landfills can be avoided," the minister was quoted as saying.

"With the incorporation of the latest solid waste management technologies, pollution problems such as gas emissions from incinerators can be dealt with as best as possible. This approach also ensures more effective waste management for the next 20 years.

"Brunei's Sungai Paku Engineered Landfill site, which covers 104 hectares and receives 90 percent of the country's waste, is expected to reach its capacity limit by 2030.

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