UK Malaysia Joint Workshop on Improving Waste Management and Recycling



Roughly two thirds of plastic waste in the UK is exported overseas for recycling. 105,000 tonnes of it was exported to Malaysia alone between 2017 and 2018. There are opportunities for improving future value recovery by collaborating on waste traceability, advanced separation and specialist re-processing, according to the type and volume of waste, to minimise landfill and reduce environmental impact.

The purpose of this workshop will be to identify opportunities for collaboration to address UK and Malaysian waste management challenges. The workshop aims to support technology transfer collaborations, based on strengths and assets within the UK and Malaysia; support better international uptake of emergent research and technologies from the UK and Malaysia; and develop links with industry partners of mutual interest and potential.

Speakers from the Center for waste Management at University of Malaysia will set out challenge statements and current policy directions in Malaysia. The current UK landscape and state-of-art in municipal waste recovery will be presented, along with emerging technologies and commercial capabilities.





  • Challenge statements and policy directions ā€“ Center for Research in Waste Management University of Malaya and Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development Sunway University
  • UK waste management and recycling programmes, funding and agency support
  • Advice on international engagement
  • Municipal Waste Management Current Practices ā€“ Case Studies


Perspectives – What is needed to facilitate effective waste management?

  • Understanding impacts of waste and environmental challenges
  • Real-time waste analysis
  • Waste separation
  • Live data platforms for mapping the generation, movement and fate of waste


Emerging Technology Solutions

  • Hazardous waste site remediation
  • Energy from waste
  • Recycling plastic aluminium laminates
  • Food waste processing
  • Refreshments and networking

Why attend?

Through presentations and panel discussion, the event will address:

  • Efficient and effective waste recovery and recycling
  • Best practices and transfer of capabilities
  • Knowledge exchange and collaboration opportunities
  • Linking commercial providers to end users and requirements

Representatives from industry and public sector organisations with an interest in R&D and export opportunities in these areas are welcome, as well as local authorities, funding and research organisations, investors and academics.