Community needs to help out by separating trash and recycling

Money for your recyclables: Rusnah (left) weighing a garbage bag containing plastic bottles during the launch of the Community Recycling Project at Dewan Orang Ramai Jelapang.

SEPARATE your trash, weigh the recyclable ones and sell them off for some cash.

This is the way to get residents to play an active role in keeping the town clean in the newly-launched Community Recycling Project.

Jointly organised by Ipoh City Watch, Rukun Tetangga Jelapang and the Perak Solid Waste Management and Public Cleanliness (SWCorp), the project was aimed at forming a caring society that keeps the environment clean through garbage separation and recycling.

State Community Welfare Committee chairman Datuk Rusnah Kassim said this project was the first of its kind in the state and the country, as it involves individuals in the society first.

“We are encouraging them to separate recyclable trash from the non-recyclable ones.

“Under this project, SWCorp has appointed an agent to buy the recyclable trash from residents here with cash.

“Not only does this allow the residents to gain some side income, but at the same time, it inculcates environmental awareness so they can keep the area where they live clean,” she said at a press conference after the launch of the project at Dewan Orang Ramai Jelapang recently.

Rusnah added they were dipping their toes into the water with this project by starting first in Kampung Jelapang Tambahan, which has 226 houses, in Ipoh.

“Another thing that sets this project apart is that it will be a continuous effort, instead of a one-off launch.

“Every week, there will be follow-ups done to monitor the cleanliness level of the area and the appointment of a buying agent is simply one of the steps.

“We also hope to extend this project to the whole of Perak one day,” she said.

Rusnah also said previous recycling programmes often only targeted schools and non-governmental organisations.

“We need people in the community to take part too.

“Or else, none of our efforts will work if people aren’t coming forward to help make a difference,” she said.

Also present during the launch were Ipoh City Watch president Dr Richard Ng and Perak SWCorp director Fatimah Ahmad.

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