1 · Dec · 2019
PCG Be Green Kertih Draws Hundreds to Pantai Paka for Beach Clean Up
Paka, Terengganu, 1 December – PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) in collaboration with Yayasan PETRONAS today took on Pantai Paka in Dungun for a beach clean-up activity for the 2019 PCG Be Green programme finale.
The annual programme, which started in 2013, is an environmental conservation and plastics usage awareness programme conducted in partnership with the Malaysian Plastic Manufacturers Association (MPMA).
Elaborating about the programme, PCG Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Sazali Hamzah said “PCG Be Green this year, which has been conducted at four locations nationwide was strengthened to drive PCG’s New Plastic Economy (NPE) agenda with the injection of river and beach clean-up as well as education initiatives. We also want to encourage Malaysians to embrace our #recycleforlifecycle awareness campaign that will run up to next year.”
He added, “PCG aspires to become a solution partner in addressing plastic pollution and supporting the government to achieve its Circular Economy Roadmap through the ‘Malaysia Plastics Pact’. Towards this end, we are also focusing on innovation and infrastructure which recently saw us collaborating with two industry players to evaluate the potential development of solid waste modular advanced recovery and treatment (SMART) system, waste-to-energy and plastic waste to crude naphtha plants. In addition, PCG is also looking at providing solutions to brand owners in fulfilling their pledge to use environmental friendly packaging.”
During the programme at Paka, about 500 volunteers comprising community members, students and PETRONAS employees participated in the clean-up of Paka Beach. The volunteers collected a total of more than 1,450 kg of waste of which more than 870 kg are recyclable materials along the 3.5 km of coastline. The waste was segregated and sent to local recycling centres.
Earlier, as part of its #recycleforlifecycle awareness campaign, PCG educated more than 110 students, teachers and members of the local community on waste management including 3R (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle) and effective plastics usage. This campaign was conducted in collaboration with Recycle Community Malaysia Lestari, an environmental-based non-governmental organisation.
To date, PCG Be Green programme 2019 has successfully collected a total of more than 2,700 kg of waste of which 1,290 kg are recyclable waste. PCG also successfully reached out to almost 17,000 students and community on plastics education.
The PCG Be Green programme is anchored upon two objectives:
- Educating the community and students on proper waste collection and segregation and keeping the area clean through 3R education, focusing on anti-littering, as well as benefits and impact of plastics usage on the environment.
- Raising awareness on preserving clean beach and rivers. Sungai Langat, Selangor marked the first location for clean-up activities, followed by Sungai Balok, Kuantan, Sungai Kemena, Bintulu and Pantai Paka, Kertih.
PCG Be Green programme is in support of Yayasan PETRONAS’ mission to enrich lives for a sustainable future. This programme extends the multiple environmental conservation and community livelihood programmes that Yayasan PETRONAS has been consistently supporting throughout the country.
Present during the event were Chief Executive Officer of PETRONAS Chemicals Ammonia Sdn Bhd, Encik Ahmad Zaiyan bin M Kassim, Director of Management Service Department, Dungun Municipal Council, Encik Khairul Azhan bin Mohd Yusof and Head of PETRONAS East Cost, Dato’ Wan Mohd Hasnan Abdullah.