Cleaning up as a community

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 16 Sep 2019

Young volunteers picking up rubbish from around Ukay Perdana during the plogging event.

TEAM Selangor volunteers organised a community plogging programme with the local authority and community leaders at the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) field in Springville Ukay Perdana in Ampang.

Launched by Selangor housing and urban living chairman Haniza Mohd Talha, the programme was aimed at creating teams comprising volunteers in residential areas as well as to encourage community involvement in preserving the environment.

Plogging is an activity that combines jogging with picking up rubbish.

Team Selangor programme coordinator Muhamad Shazlee said the activity gave cleaning up community spaces a fresh spin which could benefit the younger generation.

“Communities can come together to clear the surrounding areas in a free and easy manner, ” he said.

The programme is part of a three-month Team Selangor environmental initiative comprising 24 zones in Ampang.

Haniza said it was a good way to educate the community on littering besides teaching them how to segregate rubbish for recycling.

“This community plogging programme is the first-step in raising awareness on environmental preservation.

“It is aligned with our aim to transform Ampang into a low-carbon emission city along with the various sustainable development goals set, ” she added.

More than 180 participants took part in the activity, including students from UniKL Gombak and Setapak Vocational College.

At the end of the event, rubbish was separated into recyclable and non-recyclable waste by Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Waste Management Sdn Bhd and MPAJ staff.

The cash earned from the sale of recyclables was channelled towards community welfare.

MPAJ deputy president Hasrolnizam Shaari said the initiative was a great way to motivate the younger generation as well as community members on recycling effectively.

“The project not only raises awareness on the importance of a clean environment but also motivates the public to get into the habit of recycling, ” he added.

Hasrolnizam said the project would help change public perspective that waste was unusable.

“The programme also helps the community realise the monetary value and benefits obtained through recycling, ” he added.

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