A not-for-profit recycling centre in Pasir Pinji, Ipoh, is now in operation and its proceeds will be channelled back to the community.
Persatuan Masyarakat Pemikiran Rejuvinasi president Victor Chew said the money generated from sales of recyclable items would be given to charity and help with local activities.
“We will donate to Rumah Harapan charity home, provide immediate money to those in need and fund activities such as gotong-royong, ” Chew said when contacted.
“We only also use part of the earnings to run the centre.”
A soft launch was held at the recycling centre, which is located at 1269, Jalan Pasir Pinji.
Ipoh Timur MP Wong Kah Woh and state executive councillor Howard Lee Chuan How were among those who attended the event.
Chew said another reason to set up the centre was to raise awareness of recycling.
“The idea is not really about the money but more about educating people.
“We believe that with proper guidance, it is not difficult to educate the community, especially senior citizens, ” he said.
“But we are putting more effort into students and youngsters in the hopes that they will influence their parents, ” he added.
He said recyclable items should be cleaned before being sent to the centre.
“The items should be in good condition and properly cleaned.
“We still accept items that are not cleaned but the rate would be different because we have to clean them, ” he said.
“We will pay for the items through e-wallet. The prices for the recyclables are determined by its type and weight.”
He added that the association planned to open at least 10 recycling centres in Ipoh by the end of the year.
“Pasir Pinji is our first location. We are in the midst of opening three more centres in Bercham, Canning Garden and Tebing Tinggi.
“Since we are a non-governmental organisation, we rely on the support of the assemblyman and MPs to help us to open the centres, ” he said.
“We also have churches and factories contacting us, asking if we can help them set up such recycling centres.”
Lee, who is also Pasir Pinji assemblyman, said the state government would allocate funds to ensure the programme’s success.
“On behalf of the Perak administration, we have agreed to donate about RM20,000 to the project because we believe in the cause.
“We are hopeful that the public will support the initiative.
“Volunteers are more than welcome to assist the centre, ” he added.
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