DISCARDED objects and materials have been put to good use at the Jesselton pocket park in Penang.
One can easily spot nine minions made from recycled materials, such as tyres and plastic bottles, at the newly decorated public park, touted as Penang Island City Council’s (MBPP) first upcycle project in public parks.
MBPP Urban Services Depart-ment deputy director Xavier Sebastian said a special team, comprising some 10 members, had been creating high-quality products or adding value to discarded objects or materials.
“The Special Action Force members have been decorating the park with recycled items.
“It took them about a month to complete the project as we only do it after work or during our free time.
“Mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang has always been encouraging MBPP staff to be innovative.
“We have used all kinds of recycled items, such as tyres and plastic bottles.
“This is an effort by MBPP to ‘give life’ to discarded items. By doing so, we are reducing waste in our landfills.
“We use our Sungai Pinang store and workshop as our base and we have started an upcycle park at our store, ” he said at the Jesselton pocket park, which is located at the junction of Jalan Utama and Persiaran Kuari in George Town.
Xavier welcomed the public, especially students, to join in the project.
“We hope that we can cooperate with other MBPP departments for our future projects.
“Apart from this, we are also initiating urban farming at all 18 MBPP roll call centres on the island, ” he said.
MBPP Urban Services Department overseer Nizuar Nordin, the person behind these creations, said there would be different themes for different pocket parks.
“We hope to extend the project to all pocket parks on the island, as well as some back lanes and bicycle lanes.
“We decided to go with the ‘minions’ theme as these characters are loved by children and adults alike.
“We urge the public not to vandalise or spoil the upcycled items in the parks, ” he added.
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