Fraser & Neave Holdings (F&N) has formed collaboration with 3 other industry partners in a reverse vending machine (RVM) pilot project in Malaysia. The 3 partners include food delivery and technology platform company Grab, the Malaysia-based Research Accelerator for Technology and Innovation (MRANTI), and KLEAN.
This F&N-led pilot project aims to encourage Malaysian consumers to recycle more and thereby bring sustainable change to the country. Under the pilot project which is slated to last for 6 months, a total of 18 RVMs are installed across various strategic locations within Klang Valley allowing consumers to recycle their plastic food containers, aluminium cans, as well as polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.
The collection of these bottles, containers, and cans will be carried out by Asasrama, a certified processor which specialises in the post-consumer and post-industrial plastic recycling business. The collected waste will then be recycled into new raw materials, including polypropylene and PET pellets or flakes.
Grab Malaysia Managing Director Adelene Foo said, “From a consumer standpoint, contributing is simple: deposit rinsed plastic food containers, scan the RVMs’ QR code, and redeem vouchers using collected KLEAN points.” The pilot project also supports Grab commitment to achieve zero packaging waste in nature by 2040. Grab admitted that food packaging waste is an inherent by-product of its food delivery platform business.
Malaysia is working to phase out single-use non-biodegradable plastics. In line with the Malaysia Plastics Sustainability Roadmap 2021-2030, the country is committed to promoting alternatives and sustainable substances in plastic production.