PETALING JAYA: Recycling of plastics will now be easier as the local plastic industry has started implementing a coding system.
Launched yesterday by Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, the Plastic Coding System will give recyclers an easier time when sorting plastic products.
Ong said the code had existed for about 10 years and should have been implemented when first introduced. Nevertheless, he said it was better late than never.
The Sirim-approved coding system comprises 10 different resin codes that will be stamped on plastic products.
This is to facilitate easier segregation of the plastics at source (households) and for those who are in the recycling business.
“There is an urgent need for the recycling of plastic waste to be carried out in a systematic manner ,” Ong said.
Four companies who are members of the Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA) will be pioneers in implementing the code here.
The MPMA will work closely with the Malaysian Petrochemical Association and the Plastics Resins Producers Group in the newly-formed Malaysian Plastics Forum (MPF) which was also launched yesterday.
MPF hopes to help plastic manufacturers implement the coding system on a voluntary basis as well as to create awareness and education on plastics.
Ong said the plastics industry was an important one with a total output of products valued at RM14bil last year.
The industry was expected to produce 752,393 tonnes of plastics this year.
“However, plastics are the most unfriendly material to the environment. Thrown away, they will not degrade even after a few hundred years and if burnt, they will produce dioxins,” Ong said.
Later in Seremban, Ong opened the new Negri Sembilan MCA headquarters.
Ong, who is also the state MCA chief, received a warm welcome from party members.
He later chaired the state liaison committee meeting.
At night, Ong attended a dinner where over RM1mil was raised for the construction of SJKC Sungai Salak in Taman Seremban Jaya.