Striving Toward a Circular Economy: A Case Study of a Zero Single-Use Plastic Policy in Pearl of the Orient (Penang)

Glanowski, C. M., Blanes, R. and Tan, C. L. (2020) Striving Toward a Circular Economy: A Case Study of a Zero Single-Use Plastic Policy in Pearl of the Orient (Penang). In: First ASEAN Business, Environment, and Technology Symposium (ABEATS 2019), Penang, Malaysia, 2-4 Dec 2019, pp. 87-92. ISBN 9789462529687 (doi:10.2991/aebmr.k.200514.020)

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Abstract

This study aims to explore how the state of Penang could enhance a circular approach to single-use plastic by implementing a new federal policy (Malaysia’s Roadmap Towards Zero Single-Use Plastic 2018-2030). The study involves twelve semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders, including representatives from both the state and the federal governments, city council, producers, manufacturers, NGOs and the recycling facilities. The study clarifies what a zero single-use plastic policy means, presents alternatives to conventional single-use plastic as well as introduces several means of enhancing a circular approach towards single-use plastic such as improved waste management system, stakeholders’ engagement, Extended Producer Responsibility, effective policy enforcement, a need for clearer communications along with identifying measurable Key Performance Objectives.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Blanes, Dr Ramona
Authors: Glanowski, C. M., Blanes, R., and Tan, C. L.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
ISSN:2352-5428
ISBN:9789462529687
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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