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NEWS UPDATES 15 July 2010

Brunei’s state-of-the-art waste management facility

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THE construction of a modern waste management facility at Sungai Paku is well under way and is expected to bring significant environmental benefits to the Sultanate through state-of-the-art technology.

The Brunei Economic Development Board (BEBD) yesterday inked a contract with the Singapore-Brunei consortium, ST Marine-QAF to build an "engineered landfill" located at Sg Paku and a transfer station in Sg Akar, opposite Brunei-Muara's current dump site, which will serve as a drop-off and collection point for rubbish in the district.

ST Marine-QAF will also operate and maintain the facility for three years, as part of the $66.5 million project scheduled for completion in 2011.

"We believe that this project will contribute to a cleaner Brunei in line with the wishes of His Majesty's government for Brunei to be a model of environmental good practice," said Dato Paduka Timothy Ong, acting chairman of BEBD in a speech at the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club.

The transfer station will be equipped with solar panels to power the office and administration blocks, although it will not generate enough electricity to power the trash compactors. However, it will be the first solar-powered facility in Brunei Darussalam, setting a precedent for other companies to follow, said Roland Ang, vice-president of ST Marine in an interview with The Brunei Times.

The public will also be able to to drop off their recyclables such as plastic and paper at designated banks at the Sg Akar transfer station, where they will be sorted and compacted for recycling.

Large trailers will be dispatched from the station to transport general waste to the Sg Paku landfill daily. Each of these trailers can hold up to six times the amount of rubbish of a normal garbage truck, reducing operation costs.

The move to a modern waste management facility in Brunei began two years ago with the decommissioning of the Sg Akar landfill and its transformation into a public park.

Dato Ong said that all phases of the modern waste management project will be implemented "with vigour" and all stakeholders — government and private sector — will be consulted extensively. "The development of modern waste management system is crucial to any society," he added.

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