Plastic waste and microplastic issues in Southeast Asia

Chi Huey Ng, Mohd Aizzan Mistoh, Siow Hwa Teo, Andrea Galassi, Azreen Ibrahim, Coswald Stephen Sipaut, Jurry Foo, Jeffrey Seay, Yun Hin Taufiq‐Yap, Jidon Janaun

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Plastic pollution on land and in oceans is currently a pressing environmental issue. The accumulation of waste has caused severe, irreversible impacts and consequences on marine life, ecosystems, and the environment due to the lack of good waste collection, treatment, and management systems. Limited resources and infrastructure constantly challenge waste management in Southeast Asia. Therefore, we will examine the current plastic situation and issues in Southeast Asia and gain an understanding of the issues of the existing waste management systems in those countries. Then, we will examine the current practices applied in tackling plastic pollution and review the collective commitment and actions of governments, private sectors, social organizations, stakeholders, and consumers, as the key players in ending plastic pollution.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1142071
JournalFrontiers in Environmental Science
StatePublished - 2023

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Copyright © 2023 Ng, Mistoh, Teo, Galassi, Ibrahim, Sipaut, Foo, Seay, Taufiq‐Yap and Janaun.


  • Southeast Asia
  • global trade
  • microplastics
  • plastic waste
  • waste management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science


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