Green reward programme to promote recycling

Phee (middle) with Mei Ling (second right) and co-organisers of the green reward programme at the press conference in Komtar.

THE Penang Green Council (PGC) is working with two companies to launch a green reward programme.

PGC general manager Josephine Tan said participants would need to send their clean recyclable items to selected locations and in return, they would be given product vouchers.

“All you need to do is to make some efforts in collecting recyclable items and send them to selected locations.

“PGC is working with Riiicycle Apps developed by Riiicycle Tech Sdn Bhd and international retailer of beauty products, L’Occitane Malaysia, for this programme, ” she said during a press conference at Komtar recently.

Tan said the programme was meant to complement the Penang Green Citizen programme, which was launched in 2009 to encourage individuals and communities to give their commitment to make Penang a cleaner, greener, safer, healthier and happier city by pledging to uphold at least one out of 10 key initiatives.

Mei Ling showing a poster for the programme.Mei Ling showing a poster for the programme.

Among the initiatives are to save water, conserve energy, reduce single-use plastics, bring own food/containers or water bottle and practise 5R – refuse, reduce, reuse, repair and recycle.

Other initiatives are to use public transport or carpool to reduce carbon footprint, support anti-smoking initiative, stop littering, stop open burning and create caring society.

Under L’Occitane’s ‘Big Little Things Recycling Programme’, individuals can bring their empty bottles of beauty and care products to three participating stores located at Gurney Plaza, Gurney Paragon Mall and Queensbay Mall.

Gurney Plaza L’Occitane Malaysia retail manager Tan Ai Ling said participants would receive RM10 L’Occitane cash voucher for every 40th and 70th bottles accumulated.

Phase one of the programme will be from now until Oct 31 while Phase two will start from Jan 1 to March 31 next year.

State environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh, who was at the press conference, said circular economy plays an important role in reducing waste and ensuring the sustainability of the resources.

“There are more than 22,000 citizens who have pledged as Penang Green Citizens and we are calling on them to pledge and join this green movement and be a responsible citizen by reducing waste, ” he said.

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