UNIVERSITI Malaya launched its first Intelligent Recycle Centre, which dispenses coupons that can be redeemed for rewards.
Green Carpark and Community Green Roof Garden were among the other green initiatives launched by the Universiti Malaya (UM) Sustainability Science Research Cluster in conjunction with International Earth Day. Universiti Malaya Sustainability Science Research Cluster dean Assoc Prof Dr Sumiani Yusoff said it was important to integrate innovation of technology and green initiatives, as well as execute actual problem-solving plans.
“Recycling has to be appealing and infrastructure development is a crucial aspect,” she said.
Dr Sumiani said UM was able to recycle 20% of the waste generated on campus and this was encouraging.
“The national recycling rate is about 11% and we have surpassed the national average within the campus. Our target is for UM to reach a 60% recycling rate, which is the recycling rate in developed countries,” she said at the launch of the UM Intelligent Recycle Centre.
At the Intelligent Recycle Centre, students and university visitors are able to discard newspapers, aluminium cans and plastic bottles and receive reward points.
The centre is located at UM’s Pusat Asasi Sains.
The points vary based on the type of recyclable item. Once a certain number of points are accumulated, they can be redeemed for items such as compost, food discounts at selected canteens on campus and T-shirts.
Meanwhile, the Green Carpark project relies on sunlight coming through the carpark’s covered rooftop which generates energy to water plants.
Built Environment Faculty lecturer Dr Noor Suzaini Mohd Zaid said the project aimed to reduce impact of urban heat island in UM by generating clean renewable energy via the solar system and increase the capacity of campus carbon sequestration through the vertical greenery system.
The Community Green Roof project consists of 70 edible plant species grown on seven different planter boxes.
The idea behind the rooftop garden is to introduce community gardening, including a good design that will benefit from proper use of water and soil.
Besides creating a beautiful atmosphere with healthy plants, the garden will encourage participants to recycle food and garden waste into compost.
There are seven beds consisting of plants with different water level needs.
Among them is the medicine bed, which consists of plants with medicinal properties such as orthosiphon aristatus, which is better known locally as misai kucing.
The event was launched by the Universiti Malaya Research and Innovation deputy vice-chancellor Prof Dr Noorsaadah Abd Rahman, who called for more research on the benefits of Community Green Roof.