Path to a zero-carbon mainland


  • Metro News
  • Friday, 24 Jul 2020

(From left) Chew Swee Keok showing Rozali and Goh her hand-made upcycled face mask during the Upcycle Carnival.

SEBERANG Prai City Council’s circular economy roadmap will focus on four main components, namely food waste, construction and development waste, single-use plastics as well as electronics and hazardous waste.

Mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the roadmap was still in its preparation stage and would be launched by December.

He stressed that the circular economy was the best approach to eliminate waste by recycling resources compared to the conventional methods of take, make and dispose.

Rozali was speaking after launching the Upcycle Carnival at Design Village Outlet Mall in Batu Kawan near Nibong Tebal on Sunday.

Under the circular economy system, products, components and resources are designed to be maintained, reused, re- manufactured and recycled to minimise waste.

Rozali said the roadmap was being designed in line with the council’s aim of making mainland Penang a low-carbon city by 2022, neutral carbon city in 2030, and subsequently a zero-carbon city in 2050.

On the Upcycle Carnival, he said it was the fourth one in Seberang Prai, but the first for south Seberang Prai district.

(on the right) Ooi Ang Eaa making an upcycled bag at the event.(on the right) Ooi Ang Eaa making an upcycled bag at the event.

He said the event was held every third Sunday of the month from 11am to 10pm.

The other venues for the upcycle market are Taman Bagan Lalang in Butterworth, Taman Kota Permai in Bukit Mertajam and Auto-City Juru near Bukit Mertajam.

The existence of the community upcycling programme is the result of observations from community recycling activities conducted in Seberang Prai under the council’s supervision.

“Many non-recyclable items are being sent to the landfill.

“To prevent this from happening, MBSP has introduced the upcycle programme which is to produce new products from waste materials, ” he said.

Those keen on joining the Upcycle Carnival at Design Village or wish to hold upcycle workshops for the community may call community eco unit officers Chew Eng Seng (012-477 9330), Roslenda Che Ibrahim (019-413 0707), Fatin Habsah Ahmad (013-410 0835) or Mishna Manoharan (016-931 5674).

Also present at the carnival were Bukit Tambun assemblyman Goh Choon Aik, MBSP secretary Rosnani Mahmod, MBSP LA 21 coordinator Chew Eng Seng, Design Village director Ernest Chuah Jan Kwai, its marketing manager Chris Ong Ghee Chong and several MBSP councillors.

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