Persatuan Pengurusan Sisa Malaysia also known as The Waste Management Association of Malaysia (WMAM) is an association for waste management professionals. Established from 2005, WMAM represents people from many disciplines, including engineering, law, science as well as management.

Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of the Association shall be :
(1) to promote and encourage the maintenance of high standards of waste management services in Malaysia in respect of solid and liquid waste, hazardous, clinical and all other types of waste;
(2) to encourage collaboration and cooperation between all those interested and concerned with waste management;
(3) to organize meetings, technical visits, training courses, workshops and seminars on issues of waste management;
(4) to organize study trips to promote the transfer of practical information and ideas on waste management;
(5) to raise funds by donations and sponsorships to further the aims of the Association subject to the conditions that prior approval be obtained from the Registrar of Societies and the relevant authorities;
(6) to prepare working papers for discussion and to address waste management matters;
(7) to look after the general welfare of the members; and
(8) to establish and maintain contact with local and international organizations whose activities are related to waste management.

Any inquiries please contact us

No. 20, Jalan Wan Kadir 1
    Taman Tun Dr Ismail
     60000 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

+603-7724 2243



The evolution of waste management changed from time to time. It was also dependent on other numerous aspects. In ancient times, people managed their waste products according to their culture and practice, locality, reliance, belief and the available technology during that period of time. In 2100 B.C., the upper class Egyptians dumped their waste products into the Nile River while the lower class Egyptians dumped their waste in front of their houses. Athens of Greece and Rome of Italy were the first locations which established dump sites in 500 B.C., and the process of collecting waste was fully subsidized by the government.

At the end of the mid-century, solid waste disposal system was not yet implemented and this had an adverse impact on the environment. 4000 years ago, in China, the Chinese have been applying waste products on soil as fertilizers in order to increase its productivity, thus, China holds the longest history of waste management in the world.

In the 1880s, the rapid growth in population led to the lack of systemic waste management which in turn brought tremendous negative impacts. Therefore, new technologies were invented to manage waste products. The first ever indoor waste incineration was developed in the year 1885 and 10 years later, the first recycle project emerged in New York, United States of America.

In the 1920s, it was seen that sanitary landfills were increased and swamp areas were used as spaces for dump sites to be covered. Severe economic recession in the 1930s brought significant change to the use of garbage trucks and the cleanliness control of sanitary landfills. During the 1950s, people preferred to dump garbage without segregating it accordingly beforehand which led to the society’s neglect towards the practice of recycling. Consequently, recycling management had been established by major companies which were in charge of recycling and the minimization of waste generation was re-practiced in 1960s.

Today, community is aware of the importance of solid waste management, in fact the community begins to realize the consequences to not only on the environment but on their welfare as well.


Any scrap material or other unwanted surplus substances or rejected products arising from the application of any process
• Any substance required to be disposed of as being broken, worn out, contaminated or otherwise spoiled
• Any other material that according to this Act or any other written law is required by the authority to be disposed of
Hierarchy of solid waste management
 Solid waste and Public cleansing management that is efficient & effective is quite important to make sure the highly quality of life environment stays clean and safe, as well as healthy. According to National Strategic Planning for Solid Waste Management Plan (2005), it was highlighted that solid waste management is based on solid hierarchy. This hierarchy consists of a few elements that are important.
Effective environmental management through reduction of solid waste making.

Using the same product or goods several times

Making useful goods by using solid waste

The amount of wasted will be sent to treatment center where the volume will be reduced or compressed

The surplus of solid waste will be sent to sanitary disposal land