Policy on plastic in the pipeline

Then Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.

PUTRAJAYA: The government is crafting a national policy on the production, consumption and disposal of plastic in line with ongoing negotiations of the Global Plastic Treaty (GPT), says Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.

The Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability Minister said the government has established the Malaysian Plastic Sustainability Roadmap (2021-2030) and the Malaysian Roadmap Towards Zero Single-Use Plastics (2018-2030).

“I have instructed a review of legislation governing plastic pollution to strengthen our measures in addressing this issue,” he said in a statement in conjunction with Earth Day yesterday.

Nik Nazmi said Malaysia has participated in four rounds of international talks on the GPT within the Inter-governmental Negotiating Committee (INC) for the Development of an Internationally Legally Binding Instrument on Marine Plastic Pollution, reported Bernama.

He said his ministry is leading Malaysia’s delegation to the fourth INC negotiation session from today until April 29 in Ottawa, Canada.

Nik Nazmi stressed the importance of collective efforts in promoting reusable bags and reducing single-use plastics.This year’s Earth Day theme, “Planet vs Plastics”, underscores society’s duty to conserve the planet, as plastic waste takes a minimum of 500 years to decompose naturally.

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