Palm oil waste management is often a challenge for the industry due to the large quantities of waste generated during production. However, sustainable waste management solutions offer opportunities to boost eco-efficiency.
TDM applies sustainable waste management strategies to handle the large amount of biomass by-products generated during operations. Pruned fronds, old palm trunks and treated palm oil mill effluent (POME) mixing with BOF are recycled back to the soil as natural fertilisers. To address this, the Group owns and operates two bio-composting plants which have the combined capacity to produce 61,000 tonnes of bio-organic fertiliser in a year.
Other forms of biomass such as fibres and EFBs are used as a renewable energy source to generate steam and electricity for mill processing. This green energy sustains up to 98% of the Group’s mills’ energy needs.
For Healthcare, waste management is managed according to KMI Hospitals Policy. Waste is divided into scheduled (clinical waste, chemical waste, liquid waste and batteries) and non-scheduled waste (general waste, food waste and recycled waste). Colour coded bags and containers are used to segregate different categories of waste.
Spillages are hazardous and employees are required to strictly practise standard precaution and seek immediate medical treatment upon contact with such materials. Policies, procedures and instructions are clearly placed for all employees to adhere to.
All waste at each premise or complex is monitored by personnel who are Certified Environmental Professionals in Scheduled Waste Management (CePSWAM) and reports are submitted to the EPMC and Environmental Regulatory Compliance Monitoring Committee (ERCMC) regularly.
Majority of waste are clinical waste that are non-hazardous. It is disposed by appointed waste management vendors who are specialised to handle clinical waste. Different vendors are appointed for different hospital locations.