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Grab Malaysia Introduces AI-Driven Reverse Vending Machines to Encourage Sustainable Practices

November 2, 2023
SME Magazine
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Grab Malaysia, in partnership with industry leaders KLEAN, Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&N), and Malaysian Research Accelerator for Technology and Innovation (MRANTI), has launched 18 AI-driven Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) strategically placed across the Klang Valley.

This initiative, part of Grab’s pilot project, aims to drive sustainable change, promote recycling, and support Grab’s goal of achieving zero packaging waste in nature by 2040. The RVMs make it easier for consumers to contribute to a greener Malaysia by allowing them to deposit rinsed plastic food containers, aluminum cans, and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

These items will be collected by Asasrama Sdn Bhd, a certified processor, to recycle into raw materials for various purposes, including new products like apparels and furniture fillings.

This collaboration underscores Grab’s commitment to proactively seek sustainable solutions and use technology for environmental good. The pilot project, running for six months, aims to encourage greater recycling of plastic waste, aligning with Malaysia’s Plastics Sustainability Roadmap 2021-2030.

Grab’s efforts have already led to substantial waste reduction, saving more than 23,800 tonnes of waste and 898 million sets of cutlery weighing 8,088 tonnes in 2022 alone by offering consumers the choice to exclude single-use cutlery from their food delivery orders since 2019.

The findings from this pilot initiative will further support Grab’s development of reverse logistics mechanisms, fostering recycling habits and increasing recycling rates among its users.