Malaysia

The country is working to enhance long-term cooperation to address the challenges of marine litter and plastic pollution

Marine litter and plastic pollution is a serious issue in Malaysia. The country is working to enhance collective efforts towards long-term cooperation to address this challenge.

Causes and challenges

Malaysia receives a large amount of illegally traded plastic waste. Domestic enforcement has been stepped up, but the country still needs all Parties to cooperate, to enhance existing legal instruments or through establishing a new global treaty.

Ways forward

At a regional level, Malaysia plays an active role as a member of the Coordinating body of the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) and the ASEAN working Group on Coastal and Marine Environment. These platforms are useful vehicles to strengthen national work on marine debris and plastic pollution.

National policy-level intervention is also underway, such as the implementation of the ‘Malaysia Roadmap Towards Zero Single Used Plastics, 2018- 2030’ (October 2018).

Malaysia is also seeking opportunities to deploy technologies to address the issue of plastic pollution from enforcement to finding alternatives. Malaysia also recognises that apart from reduce, recycle and reuse, the focus should also be “replace”, which requires the application of new technologies and alternatives such as environment friendly polymers.

Increasing awareness, education, capacity and resourcing is also considered important to tackle marine plastic pollution at source. The country is working to enhance the intersectoral cooperation, with NGOs, private sector and international partners, to address the issue holistically, together with the Government.

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News

SEA circular report launch: Consumers and business concerned about plastic waste but expect governments to do more

22 June 2020

UNEP and FIA have released a regional survey of consumers and food and beverage businesses across South-East Asia that shows a significant disconnect between expectation and action on reducing plastic waste.

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Plastic use rising in SEA due to COVID-19

13 April 2020

13 April 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: Single-use plastic bags are making a comeback as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. After their use was restricted at the start of the year, plastic bags can once again be seen littering the st

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Supermarkets in Ho Chi Minh City to be free of plastic bags by the end of this year

3 April 2020

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Events

Webinar: Let’s talk about masks

05 November 2020 15:00-16:00

Sustainable Seas Trust and AMWN in partnership with UNEP, DEFF, Packaging SA, Plastics SA, SA Waste Pickers Association, and WESSA are hosting the fourth webinar in our series on COVID-19 Waste Awareness.

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Third Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean

29 October 2020

The Third Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean will take place on 29 October 2020 in a virtual modality, broadcasting from the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Moving Towards Circular Economy for Plastic Waste Management

20 October 2020

The SWITCH-Asia RPAC funded by European Union, implemented by UNEP, in partnership with AIT is pleased to cordially invite you to attend our upcoming Regional Policy Dialogue on Circular Economy for Plastic Waste Management.

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