Ipoh, The First City in Asia to Use the Thermowaste System

Rosli Mansor and Ahmad Razali

IPOH – Ipoh has now become the first city in Asia to recycle 100% of its solid waste through the Thermowaste system.

The Thermowaste system is a new concept aimed at providing additional benefits for all types of solid waste through a more efficient, fast, and easy recycling method.

This innovative approach aligns with the principles of the circular economy, emphasizing sustainable waste management.

According to a statement from the Ipoh City Council (MBI), Ipoh is set to become the first city in Asia to recycle 100% of its waste using an environmentally friendly, efficient, and pollution-free technology.

“The Thermowaste technology operates through a sterilization and cleaning process involving heat, steam, and pressure applied to solid waste, without the need for prior sorting.

“After a 30-minute process, the solid waste is divided into four main components: Biomass, Plastic, Metal, and Inert materials.

“These components can be sold in the market, making solid waste reusable in various ways. For example, biomass can be sold as a fuel replacing charcoal in industries,” the statement said.

By introducing the Thermowaste concept, Ipoh is advancing a more sustainable and eco-friendly solution for solid waste management.

The collaboration between Thermowaste Mancuso Energy Sdn Bhd, MBI, and Selekta Spektra through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on October 17, 2023, is a vital step in the success of this project.

This commitment is in line with the strategic core of MBI’s Strategic Plan for environmental sustainability.

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