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<b>The green way:</b> Mohd Jaafar (second from right) placing used paper and plastic
bottles into the proper recycling bin at the
BUKIT Jelutong residents no longer need to travel far to drop off recyclable items thanks to a newly-opened collection centre in the neighbourhood.
Residents’ association president Ahmad Fhamy Sallehudin said he was happy to see that the resident finally had a collection centre of their own.
He said residents used to travel to Taman Sri Muda to drop off their recyclable materials or wait for the days when the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation set up make-shift collection centres near their homes.
“Tzu Chi had been very active in collecting these unused items and many residents look forward to their visit every month,” said Ahmad Fhamy.
The newly-opened collection centre is jointly run by volunteers from the residents’ association and members of the foundation.
For a start, the centre, located in the D’Pangkin commercial area, will be open every Friday from 7pm to 9pm.
“In the long run, we hope to have it open daily and we need volunteers to be at the centre to educate the people on what items could be recycled,” he said.
Besides setting up the centre, residents in Bukit Jelutong are also passionate about keeping their environment clean and green.
Ahmad Fhamy said they had been actively participating in tree-planting activities organised by the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) and also organised regular cleaning programmes such as removing illegal banners and stickers in the neighbourhood.
Also present at the launch were Shah Alam mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan and members from the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation.
The recycling centre is supported by MBSA, Mydin and Sime Darby.
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