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  Inadequate or insufficient regulation, guideline and planning as well as enforcement to control

Lack of strategies, directions and proper planning may be the cause of the problems such as the existence of short term contractual agreements and absence of support for recycling mechanisms at the community level (Bernama, 2008).

Under these circumstances, local governments currently spend approximately 40% to 70% of our access  tax for rubbish collection and disposal.

In the Seventh Malaysian Plan (1995 - 2000), the Federal government had spent RM 20.9 million just to  build 9 sanitary landfills and upgrade 27 existing landfills in 34 local authorities (Consumers’ Associate of Penang).

Therefore, proper planning, smart partnership and commitment among the key players in solid waste management is needed and is crucial for effective management of solid waste.