‘Trade in waste for rental rebates’

A PPR resident (right) exchanging some collected waste for food stuff at a 1C1R centre at PPR Seri Alam.

KUALA LUMPUR City Hall (DBKL) will expand its barter programme introduced in March to include B40 communities in all public housing schemes in the city.

The programme was to encourage residents from the low-income group to separate domestic waste and exchange it for food items.

Residents of PPR Seri Alam in Sungai Besi were participants of the pilot programme called 1Community, 1 Recycling (1C1R) that was launched on March 13.

Residents could exchange wastes like aluminium cans, paper, plastic and used cooking oil in return for points that could be accumulated and redeemed for sugar, flour, cooking oil and condensed milk.

Each item came with a point value. For example, 1kg of aluminium cans was worth 12 points and 1kg of used cooking oil, 10 points.

Residents could exchange 12 points for a packet of sugar while for 10 points, they could get a tin of condensed milk.

They also had the option of accumulating the points for more items.

“As it has been well received and popular among the residents at PPR Seri Alam, we are opening two more kiosks — at Section 2 in Wangsa Maju and in PPR Bukit Jalil, ’’ said Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah.

He added that between March 13 and May 8, a total of 3,116kg of paper, 8.5kg of aluminium cans, 1,064kg of plastic and 323kg of used cooking oil were used by residents to redeem items like sugar (410 packets), flour (270 packets), condensed milk (250 cans) and cooking oil (250 bottles) at PPR Seri Alam.

“And now due to the overwhelming response at Seri Alam 1C1R, we plan to include incentives like rental rebates in exchange for points, ’’ Mahadi added.

“We want to show people that trash can be turned into cash if waste is separated at source, ” he said, adding that this could also be a way out for people living in PPR with accumulated unpaid rent to reduce their debt.

“This is a win-win solution for everyone and we can reduce the waste going into the landfill and save on the tipping fee, ” he added.

PPR Seri Alam Residents Association chief Ahmad Sukri Ibrahim said the recycling initiative was one of the best projects implemented this year by DBKL.

“It has been very positive and well received by residents, ’’ said Ahmad suggesting that DBKL introduce similar programmes in all its housing schemes.

On the mayor’s idea of getting rental rebates via point redemption, Sukri said:

“It is a good idea. However, I am not sure if the residents are ready for that. It will take some commitment from residents, ’’ he added.

StarMetro earlier reported that the Taman Beringin waste transfer station in Kepong collected a whopping 558,242 tonnes of waste between January and September last year.

Of that number, plastic made up 15.82% of waste, which was the second most common form of litter after organic food waste, which was 51.5%.

DBKL spent about RM260mil each year on waste management.

With the 1C1R programme, Mahadi hoped to save at least 5% of the RM260mil every year, or RM13mil, to be channelled for other community projects.

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