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COMMITTED to a green future, Klang Municipal Council (MPK) will ink a memorandum of understanding with Nestle Malaysia and KPT Recycle for a three-month pilot project to introduce free door-to-door recyclable waste collection.

MPK president Noraini Roslan said: “Our plan is to implement the collection of dry mix recyclables (DMR) in five neighbourhoods starting in the third week of June.

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“We hope this will change the way people deal with their trash.”

For Nestle Malaysia, the project with MPK is an extension of the company’s waste collection and recycling projects with neighbouring local councils.

Nestle Malaysia group corporate affairs executive director Datuk Adnan Pawanteh said the company began discussions on the door-to- door collection and recycling programme with MPK back in November 2021.

He added that the project was a Nestle Malaysia extended producer responsibility (EPR) initiative.

Noraini: MPK plans to implement free collection of dry mix recyclables in the third week of June.Noraini: MPK plans to implement free collection of dry mix recyclables in the third week of June.

EPR is a policy where manufacturers recover consumer product packaging to prevent waste at source.

“Nestle aims to deliver on sustainability commitments. We are also accelerating efforts to reduce usage of virgin plastic to ensure 100% recyclability,” said Adnan.

KPT Recycle waste management consultant Jaron Keng will oversee the DMR collection operations.

He said a starter kit would be dropped off at the 12,143 chosen households next month.

The kit will have instructions on what materials to include and how to separate the items. A clear 89cm x 109cm bag will be suppplied weekly.

“We hope to get all households to take part,” said Keng.

“Our workers will keep a record on the weekly collection and after three months, the active households will be given a bright yellow plastic tray.

“We do not give a waste bin as we want an immediate visual of the DMR being collected,” he said.

Keng, who holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering (environmental) and a master’s degree in public policy, said the company was using a bright green lorry to collect the DMR to raise awareness of a more sustainable lifestyle.

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