BMW Group Malaysia starts plastic waste recycling drive

By CARSIFU | 10 April 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: BMW Group Malaysia has announced a year-long campaign to recycle and reuse plastic waste from its activities.

It aims to achieve this goal through partner Precious Plastic Malaysia, the local unit of a global movement that focuses on converting and upcycling plastic waste into useable everyday items as a means to fight plastic pollution.

By breaking down used common plastics into chips, they can be melted down and moulded into something new and usable.

The plastic waste recycling action plan was announced at the respective launch and unveiling of the BMW X3 sDrive20i and 330Li M Sport on Friday.

Worldwide, the BMW Group has set a target to lower carbon emissions from all the production plants and sites by 80%, targeting the biggest reductions industry-wide in this area by 2030.

Besides calling on its employees in BMW, BMW Motorrad and MINI to participate, BMW Group Malaysia is also urging its dealers, customers, and members of the media to recycle their plastic waste and cut down on plastic pollution.

BMW Group Malaysia is installing plastic collection bins at its premises to kick off the campaign. The plastic waste would then be sent to Precious Plastic Malaysia for recycling.

There are many types of plastics used from day to day, with Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Polypropylene (PP) being the most common. They can be easily identified by the number label that is typically available along the sides or the bottom of the item.

Plastics labelled 2 (HDPE) and 5 (PP) are most commonly used and recycled in Malaysia, followed by 1 (PET). With the Precious Plastic machines, plastics labelled 2 and 5 can also be recycled into everyday items.

BMW Group Malaysia said it would also train its workers to create precious items out of plastic waste for upcoming community projects.