KUANTAN: Thinking of doing a spring cleaning and throwing away used or unwanted things?
The Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia Kuantan branch will be glad to accept any items that can be recycled.
Its recycle centre supervisor Jerry Mok said among the items which could be accepted were metal containers, aluminium cans, glass bottles and plastics such as detergent and shampoo bottles.
He said the branch also accepted old newspapers, books, carton boxes, posters and any paper.
“Used clothing is welcome, provided it is separated and not mixed with other recyclable items.
“Metal items such as iron, copper, used electrical devices and car batteries can be deposited at our centre here at any time of the day,” he said in an interview.
Mok said the foundation had set up a makeshift hut to enable members of the public to drop off items at any time.
People can drop by at the centre every Sunday from 9am to 12pm to personally hand over items and learn about the foundation.
Mok said there were 30 to 40 members who volunteered to sort out the items.
“We have a machine to compress plastic containers and a ready buyer for metal items. Clothing is kept in a store room and distributed to the needy from time to time,” he said.
Mok said he hoped that people would not treat the centre as a garbage dump by bringing items like food waste, undergarments and baby diapers in the pretext of donating recyclable items.
He said that items like bed sheets, toys, curtains, furniture, glass slabs, ceramics, wood, fish tanks, flower pots, used tyres, shoes and helmets would be rejected.
The foundation’s Kuantan branch coordinator Kong Siew Kuan said that many members and volunteers aged 70 years and above were involved in protecting the environment.
“It is a family activity regardless of age. We welcome anyone in preserving the environment by recycling unwanted items,” she said.
Members of the public can visit the centre at A-678 Lorong Alor Akar 4, off Jalan Beserah (behind Maybank), or call the branch office at 09-517 2969/2061.