Educating residents on recycling waste

Volunteers from Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia showcasing items made from recyclable waste to visitors at the recycling programme launch at Flat Merpati B, Pandan Indah. — Photos: BRIAN MOH/The Star

THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) has launched a recycling programme.

Residents of Flat Merpati B and Pandan Puteri Condominium will be taking part in the programme from Sept 28 to Nov 22.

Speaking at the launch of the programme at Flat Merpati B, MPAJ president Abdul Hamid Hussain said the main aim of the campaign was not to collect recyclable waste.

“We want to know the challenges residents face in recycling waste.

“The campaign is aimed at identifying any problems and ways to overcome them,” said Abdul Hamid.

Abdul Hamid demonstrating how recyclable waste should be separated and thrown into the correct bins.
Abdul Hamid demonstrating how recyclable waste should be separated and thrown into the correct bins.

He added that the pilot programme would educate residents on the correct recycling techniques to reduce the cost of waste disposal.

“On average, 400 tonnes of solid waste is collected per day and most of them are recyclable.

“By reducing the amount of waste transported to landfills, the cost of waste disposal can be reduced as well,” he said.

Residents have been given a durable large clear plastic bag to place the recyclable waste into.

They can mix the recyclables as the separation of waste will be supervised by a research organisation appointed for the pilot programme.

“We received feedback that residents found it troublesome to have three bags to sort different categories of recyclable waste.

“Therefore, we gave them only one bag,” said PE Research Sdn Bhd consultant Liw Teck Leong.

Three non-governmental organisations, namely Pertubuhan Amal Seri Sinar, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Masyarakat Melalui Kitar Semula and Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, are also assisting MPAJ in the campaign.

The pilot recycling campaign is initiated by the Selangor government and the three other local councils involved are the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) and Hulu Selangor District Council (MDHS).

The areas involved in the campaign under MBPJ are Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, Block D in 10 Boulevard and Block B of Boulevard Residence.

Areas under MPKj are Bandar Sungai Long and Batang Kali for MDHS.

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