Engaging community on green plans

(From second right) Taman Bagan Lalang Resource Centre committee members Irene Ng and Lilian Chuan briefing residents on the survey forms.

RESIDENTS of Taman Bagan Lalang in Butterworth, Penang, will be spending time completing a survey on their waste disposal habits.

Funded by the United Nations, the survey saw forms being handed out to 350 households in the neighbourhood to study various factors, including frequency of disposal plus volume and types of waste generated.

Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said Petaling Jaya City Council in Selangor and MBSP were selected for the pioneer project known as the Domestic SEA Circular.

“On MBSP’s side, we will conduct the survey in Taman Bagan Lalang and Kampung Permatang Nibong.

“The survey takes into account the lifestyles of residents and their practices on waste management, focusing on plastic waste,” he said.

Rozali said the city council was expecting about 10% of households to respond to the survey.

Among those present during the launch of the survey at the Taman Bagan Lalang Resource Centre were state environment and welfare committee chairman Phee Boon Poh and Penang Green Council general manager Josephine Tan Mei Ling.

Phee said the neighbourhood was selected based on its achievements in managing waste and it was now the leading example for residents from other neighbourhoods who come to the resource centre to dispose of their waste for recycling.

“This proves that collaboration between residents and the government can improve the community,” he said. — By LOH TERN CHERN

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