The plastics industry recently demonstrated their commitment towards combating marine litter by cleaning up Monkey Beach in Penang. The cleanup programme, named #PullingOurWeight, held in conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup Day, involved the Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA), The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and Thong Guan Industries Berhad.
The programme was sponsored by Dow and Thong Guan Industries Berhad, facilitated by MPMA and resulted in more than 700 kg of waste collected. The waste was made up of plastic bottles which was the most litter item collected, followed by aluminium and plastic food container.
In addition to littering, the lack of available trash bins and infrequent trash pickup all play a role in contributing to marine debris. That is why as part of the cleanup, 24 waste bins were donated and installed to prevent more waste from entering in the environment.
“This partnership is a great example of how our industry can come together to pull our weight in solving the marine debris issue,” said Bambang Candra, Asia Pacific Commercial Vice President, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. “Cleanups like this one are an important part of a bigger holistic approach to stop marine debris at the source to ensure we are positive environmental stewards.”
The International Coastal Cleanup is a programme initiated by Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group based in the United States. The organization helps formulate ocean policy at the federal and state government levels based on peer reviewed science. The goal of International Coastal Cleanup is the collection and documentation of trash littering the coastline.