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We Invest in Our Home: Shan Poornam Group of Companies

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Industrialisation has become an essential part of modern society, and waste production is an inevitable outcome. However, some of the wastes produced are hazardous. These hazardous waste is not limited to e-waste nor is it exclusively generated by the electrical and electronics (E&E) industry. Hazardous wastes carry high environmental and health risks. It has an enormous adverse impact on the environment, human and wildlife if they are improperly treated, stored, transported or disposed. Mismanagement of hazardous waste may also lead to an increase in diseases, greenhouse effects, water contamination, severe weather and soil contamination. 

E-waste is highly sought after among scavengers and unlicensed operators due to its high market value. Irresponsible recyclers tend to recover the material through traditional methods, exposing toxic effluents directly into the air, water and land. Some even dump low value residual or by-products in the ground. In view of this, it is crucial for the management of hazardous wastes to be undertaken in an environment-friendly and economically viable way. 

Recycling will positively impact metal resources and reserves, protecting the environment from unsustainable mining practices. With the creation of circular economy, these waste materials can be transformed into secondary raw materials, including precious metals that can be used as valuable inputs for the production of new goods. Such recycling creates excellent opportunities for innovation, increased productivity and economic growth. 

Until the last decade, all precious metal recovery facilities are located in developed countries. Today, Shan Poornam, a home-grown waste recovery and treatment company, is capable of recycling and treating hazardous wastes. With environmentally sound and state-of-the-art technology, it operates with comparable efficiency and effectiveness of facilities in developed countries. 

The Group began as a small waste collection operator in 1960, during a period when the public did not have high regard for scrap dealers. Through hard work, determination, sincerity and integrity, Shan Poornam has transformed, not only the company into what it is today but also the industry as a whole. The waste management industry then was frowned upon. No one considered waste management companies as solution providers or part of their supply chain, much less as manufacturers.

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y leadership of its Chief Executive Director, Shan Poornam is now the regional leader in industrial hazardous waste management with highly integrated technology and an innovative R&D team spearheading breakthrough processes. Positioning itself as the “link between Industries and Environment” with a strong commitment to protecting intellectual property rights, the Group has a presence in Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Sarawak. Currently, Shan Poornam sits on an eight-acre plot of land in the Prai Industrial Estate, Pulau Pinang, employing some 600 trained and dedicated personnel with comprehensive expertise. 

Backed by this strong team of personnel, the Group has the capability of processing 5,000 metric tonnes of hazardous and nonhazardous waste per month. Driven by the 4Rs green concept of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover, it is equipped with cutting edge customised facilities to convert waste such as e-waste, spent acid, alkaline, solvent, sludge, dross and non-ferrous metal scrap into raw materials for various industries. The Group is capable of providing pure closed-loop recycling whereby materials from the waste can be reused to create new products over and over again. 

Shan Poornam also produces finished eco-green products such as secondary aluminium alloy ingots, platinum, gold, palladium, silver and copper cathodes under the eco-label of “ENS-Environment, Nature, and Society”. Shan Poornam’s tota

l commitment towards the continuous improvement in environment protection and conservation using green technology has been recognised with the highest award in the country - the Prime Minister Hibiscus Award for the Environmental Performance and Special Project categories. The Group has also been awarded the MITI Industrial Excellence Award. These achievements and growing reputation within the industry has attracted Cenviro Sdn. Bhd., which is wholly owned by Khazanah Nasional Berhad, to invest 40% into Shan Poornam in 2015. This synergistic partnership is expected to strengthen the country’s strategic asset in line with its environmental conservation agenda. 

It is noteworthy that the industrial waste in Malaysia is well regulated; however, this is not so for consumer waste, petroleum industry waste

 and automotive waste streams. Today, there is still a huge vacuum in the recycling and recovery industry in Malaysia. We are still far from achieving our recycling rate target of 22% by 2020 set by the Government, although Pulau Pinang has hit a commendable recycling rate record of 42% in 2018. Seeking to fill this gap, Shan Poornam is moving towards household e-waste recycling facilities with the vision to recover materials from other untapped recovered waste streams. 

Furthermore, the Group is poised to support Malaysia to embark on the path towards Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program through the enactment of an EPR regulation which is currently limited through voluntary participation. This infrastructure will also assist the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) to attract more investments with EPR commitments in Malaysia, further strengthening the country’s green agenda. 

Shan Poornam is undoubtedly the ideal choice for multinational companies seeking for total solutions for their hazardous waste recycling. The Group will continue raising the bar on what an electronic scrap recycler can accomplish in the developing world.

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Last Updated : Thursday 21st May 2020