Plastic Waste in Malaysia


Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) UoSM OnCampus students takes matters into their own hands at the Desaru Beach Cleaning programme

In recent times, the issue of plastic waste winding up on shores has become an escalating concern. The Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change has raised an issue regarding the plastic waste in Malaysia found at seaports in Penang and Sarawak dumped by other countries. As a non-biodegradable material the common concern is that plastic waste remains on the planet for hundreds of years, incapable of decomposing.

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Given that is it a problem that is happening close to home, students of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) UoSM OnCampus chapter have decided to take matters into their own hands and held a Desaru Beach Cleaning on the 30th November 2019 at Tanjung Balau.

The beach cleanup programme took place for good half a day and was joined in by students, lecturers and members of the public.

The objective of this programme was not only limited to improving the condition of the beach at Desaru, but also to educate the community on the importance of disposing rubbish the right way. Every little bit of effort means one less piece of plastic in the ocean and one less ecosystem destroyed.

The University of Southampton Malaysia is dedicated to a sustainable planet. Team, NanoMalaysia, led by a PHD student from the University of Southampton Malaysia recently made it to the Global IET Awards in London with their brilliant innovation of PICAS block. The PICAS block uses dissolvable biodegradable materials to package dried food products that could replace the traditional single-use plastic packaging.

The University of Southampton Malaysia was established in 2012 and offers world-class engineering programmes.