MAREA's Materials Focus
Local PET bottles are widely collected throughout the value chain.
Incentives are necessary to improve collection and recycling rates of local post-consumer PET collection above the current rate.
Local HDPE material is collected and recycled in a number of recycling plants in Malaysia.
HDPE is subject to price volatility due to oil price & seasonal variations.
End products are industrial applications and household product such as furniture.
Recyclers are also using their capacity for PP to optimise their plant operation.
While local UBCs are collected and recycled in Malaysia, the national collection rate remains low.
During collection, they are collected as part of a mixed paper stream or as a single material stream.
Recycling of UBCs require a price incentive of material to drive collection and technical assistance to the recycler to:
- Separate paper from PolyAl
- Process the PolyAl
Local Flexibles are the second highest consumer packaging material in Malaysia with the least recycling rate amongst all consumer packaging material.
Because there are very few Flexible recyclers at the moment, the collection of this packaging remains extremely low.
As such, more Flexible recyclers are needed in Malaysia. An attractive price incentive should follow to encourage material collection.