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Melaka Students Take On Plastics Recycling Challenge

2017-10-12 18:46

MELAKA, Malaysia, Oct. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of students from 12 selected schools in Melaka today showcased their plastics recycling efforts at the Award Ceremony for the Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA)-DOW School Environmental Challenge 2017 Program. The program was jointly launched by MPMA and Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP), a business unit of DowDuPont Materials Science.

Group photo of students
Group photo of students

The ultimate objective of this program is to encourage students to take action towards the resolution of environmental problems. It is the fourth collaboration between MPMA and Dow P&SP to jointly build a platform for social and environmental progress, through education and outreach, for school children to learn the importance and benefits of a sustainable planet and society via competitions to use plastics recyclables for art, robotics and eco-fashion, and a public speaking competition on the topic "Plastics in the Environment - Friend or Foe".

Dato' Raymond Sng, vice president of MPMA said, "I am especially pleased to note that in the public speaking competition, the students had demonstrated great knowledge on how the recycling of plastics can help in sustainability efforts. Together with Dow, we want to challenge the youths to rethink about their impact on the environment today and begin cultivating good habits and practices that will benefit the society and generations to come."

The MPMA-Dow Program is the second effort in Melaka. In 2016, the program has been well received by enthusiastic students from 6 schools in Alor Gajah. In 2017, hundreds of students from 12 schools in Alor Gajah, Melaka Tengah and Jasin district joined 4 competitions - Plastic Collage Artwork and Eco-Fashion for Primary Schools; and Public Speaking and Robotics for Secondary Schools.

Dr. Han Zhang, Asia Pacific senior sustainability manager, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics said, "Dow is a company with a legacy in innovation and a strong focus in sustainability. We are happy to support this educational initiative again to promote and instil a greater level of environmental and sustainable awareness among students. Together with MPMA, we want to challenge the youths to rethink about their impact on the environment today and begin cultivating good habits and practices that will benefit the society and generations to come."

Dr. Zhang added that the MPMA-Dow Program not only allows students to have a better understanding of plastics and plastics recycling through the various competitions, it also motivates and nurtures the students' inherent talent via the competitions.

About MPMA

The Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association (MPMA), established in 1967, is a progressive trade association providing leadership and quality service to its members and the plastics industry. Besides undertaking activities on the environment, safety and health, MPMA also promotes such activities under the umbrella of the Malaysian Plastics Forum (MPF) which is a joint collaboration between two industry associations, namely the Malaysian Petrochemicals Association-Plastic Resins Producers Group (MPA-PRPG) and MPMA.

MPF's main objectives are to create awareness and education on plastics and to enhance awareness of the proper disposal of plastics waste through the 3Rs concept for plastics which is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle; as well as to enhance awareness on anti-littering to the Government, Industry, Media as well as the Public.

About Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of DowDuPont Materials Science, combines core strengths of R&D, worldwide reach, broad product lines and industry expertise to deliver sustainable solutions for plastics and adhesives markets. The business focuses on high growth market segments in flexible and rigid food packaging, secondary and tertiary packaging, personal hygiene products, and adhesive applications. Packaging and Specialty Plastics is one of the largest polyethylene producers in the world, and is a leading innovator and collaborator across the value chain on solutions for better packaging.

About DowDuPont Materials Science Division

DowDuPont Materials Science, a business division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. The division has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. DowDuPont Materials Science's market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates, and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care. DowDuPont intends to separate the Materials Science division into an independent, publicly traded company. More information can be found at

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