BUKIT Gasing residents are encouraged to join the Waste Separation and Recycling initiative by their assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran.
The initiative aims to train them to separate waste and recycle items to reduce rubbish going to landfills.
The residents of the neighbourhood in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, will be given a starter kit which includes five white plastic bags to put items for recycling.
Rajiv’s political secretary Kusaaliny Mahendran said residents could place the filled bags beside their regular garbage to be picked up by KDEB Waste Management.
“The white plastic bags provided can last one or two months and once they are used up, we hope the residents will buy more so they can continue recycling,” Kusaaliny said at a press conference at Section 14 Community Park.
Bukit Gasing is also running another green initiative called “Cash 4 Trash” which collects about 200kg of recyclable waste every week.
The programme allows Petaling Jaya folk to earn some money while recycling.
With these two initiatives, Kusaaliny hoped that Bukit Gasing would be the model constituency in waste separation efforts, adding that she was pleased with the good response from residents.
Section 14 Residents Association chairman George Paul Raj hoped the two initiatives would help keep Petaling Jaya clean.
“These programmes will also teach children the importance of saving the environment,” said George.
The Cash 4 Trash programme is carried out every second and fourth Saturday of the month in Jalan Harapan in Section 19, Petaling Jaya, from 10am to noon.