SHAH Alam’s first Recycling Run received positive reviews from participants who hoped it would be made into an annual event.
Participants found the run held in conjunction with the Shah Alam Car-Free Day and Earth Day 2017 both exciting and inspiring, especially because it required them to pay with recycling materials.
Hiking buddies from Kuala Lumpur Tee Pik Yee, 27, and Wong Wai Ying, 45, said they would definitely join the run if it was held again.
Wong said she heard about the run from her friend and decided to rope in her hiking group.
“It would be great if other councils hold similar events as it is a good way to create awareness and recycle at the same time,” Wong added.
Tee said it was the first time she joined an event like this and submitted more than the required 10 newspapers as entrance fees by the organiser, Shah Alam City Council (MBSA).
She also commended the Eco Free Market that was held during the event.
The Eco Free Market is a bazaar that allows people to donate their unwanted items, encouraging visitors to take any item for free.
Hazirah Sazali, 23, a Shah Alam resident, felt the Eco Free Market would be a great way for the underprivileged to get essentials for free.
“Not only people who really need it can take these goods, it is also a great way of recycling unwanted items at home that only take up space,” said Hazirah.
For Hazirah, the entire event was a good idea, especially since it could help raise awareness of environmentally-friendly practices that are still lacking in the country.
She said Malaysians were still unaware of basic practices that should already be ingrained in people.
“I spotted some people littering here, an eco-friendly event. We need to keep reminding ourselves and others about these basic things,” she added.
The event was graced by the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin.
Sultan Sharafuddin also launched MBSA’s new electric bus and car at the event. The bus will be used for the Smart Selangor free bus service in selected routes in the city centre.
Also present was Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali who flagged off some 2,000 participants involved in three races, the bicycle race and run for the Shah Alam Car-Free Day as well as the Recycling Run.
Azmin also joined in the run.
Shah Alam mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad said the council hoped to create a responsible Shah Alam community through the event.
“This is just one of the many events we have created in our attempt to achieve a low-carbon city status by 2030,” he said.
Azmin lauded the council’s move of introducing the electric bus and cars.
Other programmes organised at the event included green talks, exhibition booths and stage shows. Visitors were also seen enjoying sumptuous bites at the food truck corner.
Some 30 children from the National Autism Society of Malaysia (Nasom) also had a booth selling their handmade crafts.