Recycling in Malaysia and the Klang Valley

Recycling in Malaysia Facts

Recycling in Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur is not that advanced as in western states, but there is some progress! Many apartment buildings provide recycling casks, (at KDS in Mont Kiara, there they are at the backside of the building) as well as many gated communities, too. If there is none of these in your area, you can collect the materials in separate bags (but clean metal tin cans and bottles..) and deliver to the nearest recycling center in your area. Just check the list of recycling centers for address and time. 

Home pickup service for recycling would be great, but not available at the moment. Meanwhile the waste collectors collect tin cans and plastic bottles and make a little extra income with it. Maybe you could make there work a bit more easy and separate tin cans and plastic bottles apart from the other rubbish.

Nowadays more and more recycling bins are turning up everywhere. Making an effort to recycle is a good thing, but many people are not aware how to recycle the right way.

1. Please check before you throw!
The bins have pictures and different colors to indicate what kind of waste should go into which bin, the BLUE bin is for paper, the BROWN for glass and the ORANGE for plastic, aluminum and steel cans.
2. Many people properly sort their recycling materials in plastic bags and put it altogether into the bins. This can ruin the entire load if put into the glass or paper bin.
3. Recycle paper, but card boards too. Flatten cardboard's before you put it into the paper bin, and don´t throw dirty pizza boxes, or milk- and fruit-juice containers in.
4. Rinse the cans and bottles before you recycle them, in order to prevent nasty odor and insect or rat infestation.
5. Waste disposal, trash can ruin an entire recycling load, so please prevent perfectly good recyclables from ending up in the landfill, which is the reason we recycle in the first place.

Recycling in Malaysia analysis and future prospects.

The Malaysian government wants to increase the current waste products recycling in Malaysia of 11 to 40 percent by 2020. Another step towards recycling is being done with the collection of household garbage. One million new bins for separate waste collection have already been distributed. By 2014 there will be total of five million. Now the matter is of informing the public about the importance of separate waste collection. The government can no longer build the solid waste disposal in landfills alone. For this reason, Prime Minister Najib ordered an open tender for a waste incinerator with a capacity of 800 to 1,000 tons of solid waste every day for the city of Kuala Lumpur. There is also an open call for anaerobic fermentation system for food waste, a small pilot project with approximately 300 to 400 tons per day. Biogas is generated as an output, which is used to generate electricity. In addition the compost can be used in the agricultural sector. There was already an increase in waste by 10.3 percent to 1.9 million tonnes from the years 2010 to 2011. With the increasing industrialization and increasing affluence, the waste dump should continue to grow strongly.
Plastic recycling in Malaysia is done by to recycling plastic waste into plastic pellets as raw materials for related industries. This is done by Sheng Foong Plastic Industries Sdn Bhd in Tronoh, Perak and other companies in Malaysia already. The 6 areas of sustainability to improve are: energy efficiency and conservation, water conservation, waste reduction and recycling, pollution control in Malaysia and its prevention as well as environmental quality.

List of recycling companies in Malaysia

Want to recycle, but don´t know what to recycle and where to bring? Follow the links!
What to recycle:

Where to recycle:

For example:
Recycling Center at Damansara Jaya, PJ
open: every 2. and 4. Sunday for 2 hours, 10am - 12 pm
location: Jln. SS22/47, Damansara Jaya (behind school)

Old batteries are still a problem, there is no proper recycling system as in Europe.
- take them back to your home country next time
- old batteries are collected at "german international school", maybe other international school have similar service?
- stuff at Damansara Jaya take them also and hand them to "Alam Flora Company".

In front of the Digi shop at Mont Kiara Solaris, you find this new collecting box
for old handphone, cables and batteries.

A new recycling center opened at Ikano, Mutiara Damansa, Petaling Jaya!