Case studies on recycling polypropylene and high-density polyethylene in Malaysia: The challenges

Mohd Idham Sabtu, Nizaroyani Saibani, Goh Wei Teng

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Abstract

Plastic recycling is one of the most dynamic growth sectors in reverse supply chain in Malaysia. Two of the most recycled plastics are polypropylene and high-density polyethylene. Raw recycled plastics can be used in any production of plastic products except in the production of food packaging and medical equipment. Therefore, supply and demand of this industry have been very promising and this research primarily aims to learn the challenges in the recycling of these two types of plastics as a sustainable industry in Malaysia. This paper aims to study the problems in plastic recycling industry by examining each of the stages along the recycling process. Case studies on three companies involved in plastic recycling were performed and data were analyzed using descriptive analysis. Result shows that the small difference in price between virgin and recycled plastic resins posed a major challenge for the companies involved. The quality of the recycled plastic resin in terms of purity and the presence of foreign materials also require high attention from the producers. The initiatives to resolve such problems are suggested and focus on the improvement of the production process and material handling involved in each process stage.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication22nd International Conference on Production Research, ICPR 2013
PublisherInternational Foundation for Production Research (IFPR)
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event22nd International Conference on Production Research, ICPR 2013 - Parana, Brazil
Duration: 28 Jul 20131 Aug 2013

Other

Other22nd International Conference on Production Research, ICPR 2013
CountryBrazil
CityParana
Period28/7/131/8/13

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High density polyethylenes
Recycling
Polypropylenes
Plastics
Industry
Resins
Plastic products
Biomedical equipment
Materials handling
Supply chains
Packaging
Plastic recycling

Keywords

  • Case study
  • High-density polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Recycling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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Sabtu, M. I., Saibani, N., & Teng, G. W. (2013). Case studies on recycling polypropylene and high-density polyethylene in Malaysia: The challenges. In 22nd International Conference on Production Research, ICPR 2013 International Foundation for Production Research (IFPR).

Case studies on recycling polypropylene and high-density polyethylene in Malaysia : The challenges. / Sabtu, Mohd Idham; Saibani, Nizaroyani; Teng, Goh Wei.

22nd International Conference on Production Research, ICPR 2013. International Foundation for Production Research (IFPR), 2013.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Sabtu, MI, Saibani, N & Teng, GW 2013, Case studies on recycling polypropylene and high-density polyethylene in Malaysia: The challenges. in 22nd International Conference on Production Research, ICPR 2013. International Foundation for Production Research (IFPR), 22nd International Conference on Production Research, ICPR 2013, Parana, Brazil, 28/7/13.
Sabtu MI, Saibani N, Teng GW. Case studies on recycling polypropylene and high-density polyethylene in Malaysia: The challenges. In 22nd International Conference on Production Research, ICPR 2013. International Foundation for Production Research (IFPR). 2013
Sabtu, Mohd Idham ; Saibani, Nizaroyani ; Teng, Goh Wei. / Case studies on recycling polypropylene and high-density polyethylene in Malaysia : The challenges. 22nd International Conference on Production Research, ICPR 2013. International Foundation for Production Research (IFPR), 2013.
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