Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 1063–1072 | Cite as

Potential recyclable materials derived from riverine litter at log boom Sungai Batu in Kuala Lumpur

  • Nur Khaliesah Abdul Malik
  • Latifah Abd Manaf


Monitoring the riverine litter was essential for the aesthetical value and reducing the negative impacts toward the human health, environment and socio-economic aspects. Riverine litter is mainly made up from the land-based sources. The lack of historical data on riverine litter generation and composition can affect the efficiency of policy makers in making any decision on riverine litter management plan. The purpose of this study is to assess the quantification of types and abundance of riverine litter at log boom Sungai Batu in Kuala Lumpur. The field sampling has been conducted for 14 days of operation day at log boom Sungai Batu, Kuala Lumpur, within the period month of March until April. The quantification of riverine litter and its composition was based on the time interval during the operation day. The result shows that the Event 3 has recorded the high abundance of riverine litter with 4654.6 kg/operation day. This study also shows that the river is highly dominated with plastic waste with 39% (62.96 ± 15.38 kg/operation day). This study provides the baseline information for the local authority and relevant agencies in reducing the riverine litter which subsequently provide a sustainable environmental and socio-economic condition.


Log boom Quantification Recyclable materials Riverine litter Solid waste management Source reduction 



We would like to acknowledge the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) for providing opportunities and a platform to conduct the research at the riverine litter collection at the log boom as it can give benefits to solid waste management and river basin management by improving the status river pollution in Malaysia in the future planning.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Environmental StudiesUniversiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)SerdangMalaysia

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