Penang Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said since the centre began operation five years ago, it had contributed significantly towards the state's recycling programmes.
“They collect recyclable waste items not only from the 350 households within the Taman Tambun Indah but also other neighbourhoods and factories nearby in Simpang Ampat.
“From 2.61 tonnes of recyclable waste in the first four months, they went on to collect 28.77 tonnes in 2011, 29.47 tonnes in 2012, 30.11 tonnes in 2013, 30.53 tonnes in 2014, 32.21 tonnes in 2015 and 21.43 tonnes up to August this year.
“The waste segregation policy took effect in June and all households must comply with the ruling next June,” said Chow during a visit to the centre recently.
Chow also praised the Seberang Prai Municipal Council for achieving the 39% recycling rate, the highest from a local council in the country.
Meanwhile, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation member Lim Lee Ping, who oversees the operation at the centre, said they collect a wide range of recyclable items such as paper, metal, glass, plastic, electrical appliances and kitchen waste.
“The money collected from selling the items will then be used for charity purposes.
“We are very grateful to those who bring recyclable waste here.
“But at the same time, we also hope that they will separate the waste accordingly before bringing it over,” she said.