Space for locals to forge green future

PENANG will continue to pursue its vision to be a green and inclusive state by guiding more communities to take part in eco-projects, said Penang Green Council (PGC) general manager Josephine Tan.

“Due to strong commitment from various sectors ranging from local councils, state agencies, industries, communities and non-governmental organisations, Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) achieved a 55% recycling rate in 2020, the highest in Malaysia.

“We do not stop here and we are launching PGC’s Trash-Free Penang programme to ensure waste segregation continues in households,” she said.

She was speaking at the launch of a recycling station at Thamby Kecik Village Community Management Council hall in Taman Bunga Raya, Butterworth, by state welfare and environment committee chairman Phee Boon Poh.

“The state enforced a waste segregation-at-source policy in June 2017 to prolong the lifespan of the Pulau Burung landfill and reduce the cost of waste management.

“In 2019, Penangites sent 2,220 metric tonnes of waste to the landfill per day, indicating that each person produced 2.3kg of waste per day.

“In 2020, Malaysia used 148,000 tonnes of plastic packaging for food,” said Tan.

She said Thamby Kecik village in the Sungai Puyu constituency was chosen as a hub for locals to drop off their recyclables and as a platform for people to meet and share experiences and ideas for a greener environment.

“In order to encourage waste segregation at source, workshops and programmes will be conducted to educate the local community about waste management.

“PGC and other stakeholders will provide support and advice to the village council to improve on-the-ground operations.

“Over the course of the project, the local communities will be encouraged to give their input and participate in decision-making.

“I hope we will all come together to uphold the #kitajagakita spirit too when it comes to improving our environment.

“We are doing this not only for ourselves but also for our children because the last thing we want to do is leave behind a world beyond repair,” she added.

Phee in his speech said the recycling station was an initiative under the Penang government through PGC to raise awareness of the benefits of recycling.

He said there were many recycling stations in the state but not many people were aware of the locations.

“I have instructed PGC to come up with an app to list down all the recycling stations in the state,” he said.

Phee encouraged all the assemblymen in Penang to set up recycling centres in their constituencies.

Also present at the launch were MBSP councillor Tan Chee Teong, Thamby Kecik Village Community Management Council chairman Ooi Cheng Poh, Zero Waste Community Centre chairman Lim Chee Keong and MBSP LA 21 coordinator Chew Eng Seng.

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