PetChem enters partnership with KDEBWM, One Biosys on waste segregation facilities

by TMR / pic by TMR FILE

PETRONAS Chemicals Group Bhd (PetChem) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with KDEB Waste Management (KDEBWM) and One Biosys Sdn Bhd for the supply of plastic waste from landfills and evaluation of potential collaboration to build waste segregation facilities in Malaysia.

Under the MoU, KDEBWM and One Biosys will supply plastics waste that consists of polyethylene, polypropylene as well and polyethylene terephthalate to PetChem for the production of circular products for food packaging, healthcare, household and industrial applications.

The MoU also covered a joint feasibility study to evaluate the commercial viability of building waste segregation facilities in Malaysia which will ensure effective plastic waste segregation.

Signing the MoU on behalf of PetChem was MD and CEO Mohd Yusri Mohamed Yusof, while KDEBWM was represented by its MD Ramli Mohd Tahir and One Biosys by ED Dr Muhammad Yani.

“We look forward to our partnership with KDEBWM and One Biosys. The transition to a circular economy requires new solutions to address the gaps in the plastic value chain — from better waste management to improving the economic viability of recycling solutions,” Mohd Yusri said in a recent statement.

“This partnership is our next step towards realising our aspiration to be a solutions partner in addressing plastics pollution in Malaysia following our partnership with Plastic Energy Ltd in 2019 to establish a facility to convert contaminated, low quality, mixed plastic waste into pyrolysis oil,” he added.

With this MoU, he said PetChem is able to accelerate its initiatives towards a circular economy in ensuring sustainable consumption and production of plastics.

Meanwhile, Ramli said KDEBWM is always open to partnerships or collaboration that will contribute sustainably to the economy and the environment.

“We are proud to collaborate with PetChem for an initiative that we hope will be a significant milestone for the circular economy here in Malaysia,” he said in a statement.

KDEBWM is a wholly owned subsidiary company of Menteri Besar Selangor Inc entrusted to manage domestic waste collection, public cleansing and bulky waste at Industrial, commercial and institutions as well as cleaning of public parks serving 12 municipalities within Selangor.

Meanwhile, One Biosys, a Malaysia-based company specialising in eco-environment with a specific focus on material recovery and engineering, through microbiology and nano-technology systems, ecosystem engineering products and services.

This technology enables the separation of almost all kinds of heterogenous mixed organics residues and effluents, from fresh and legacy waste in landfill, agricultural wastes, leachate and biosolids, into valuable products such as organic minerals suitable for agricultural uses and dry mixed recyclables.

“One Biosys is very pleased to be chosen to partner with PetChem in its effort to make our world a better place, focusing on creating a healthier environment to achieve our collective goal of Greening the Future. We hope that this partnership will spur other industry collaborations in total municipal waste management through innovative and sustainable solutions,” said Muhammad Yani.