RESIDENTS in Taman Tangling, Simpang Ampat, near Nibong Tebal can now send recyclable materials to their newly opened environment resource centre.
Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) president Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the centre started functioning on Nov 4 and would be open on the first Sunday of each month to collect the recyclable items.
He said the support from Taman Tangling was encouraging where there were already 180kg of recyclable materials collected by the centre.
Ninety participants had already registered for the recycling project and were provided with QR code stickers, he added.
“The residents have to place their stickers on the recyclable waste that they bring to the centre.
“Using a smart phone, the barcode on the sticker will be scanned and the details will be recorded.
“Those with points can be used to redeem exclusive items,” he told reporters after opening the centre recently.
Rozali said among the 180kg of recyclable items collected, 43% were papers, 40% were plastics, 5% were metal and 12% comprised other materials such as tin, aluminium and glass bottles.
He also praised Bukit Tambun assemblyman Goh Choon Aik for forming the centre with assistance from the Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) and MPSP.
Rozali also thanked Goh for his allocation to purchase a unit of the Economical Food Waste Composter, which is the result of innovation between MPSP and Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris in Tanjung Malim, Perak.
He said 50kg of organic waste can be loaded into the machine and the compost can be produced in five days.
“It is hoped that apart from collecting recyclable materials, this centre could also function as an environment education centre, especially in promoting environmental programmes such as the 8R concept comprising Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Re-gift, Recover and Recycle,” he said.
Also present were Goh and MPSP secretary Rosnani Mahmod.