Going for zero-waste city

THREE inner George Town areas in the Unesco World Heritage Site will be turned into zero-waste zones under a state campaign.

Penang Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the ‘Towards a Zero Waste Zone’ campaign was scheduled for Sunday.

It will take place along the length of Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, the neighbourhood courtyards and surroundings of Little India, and Lebuh Acheh and Lebuh Armenian.

“The streets, drains and five-foot-ways will be cleaned up.

“Trees and plants will also be planted and garden courtyards created to provide the inner city with a much-needed green lung.

“It is also aimed at creating a cleaner and greener living environment for the people.

“The clean-up may become an annual effort, coinciding with either Earth Day or World Environment Day from next year to express Penang’s solidarity with global environmental movements.

“The Penang Municipal Council, George Town World Heritage Inc, Citigroup, Think City and Little India Joint Action Committee are also involved in the campaign,” he said.

He said this at a press conference in Komtar yesterday.

Chow said the state would soon commit to the segregation of waste for recycling and com-posting to reduce its carbon foot- print.

“This year’s World Environment Day, which is celebrated today, will focus on small island developing states,” he said.

“As an island, Penang is vulnerable to the effects of climate change and as global citizens, we must do what we can to protect the state’s heritage.”

Citigroup Asia Trade Operations managing director Srinath Sambasivan, who was present at the conference, said the group planned 120 Global Community Day events on Saturday that would require about 26,000 volunteers.

“We will also commit 400 of our Penang employees to participate in this Sunday’s campaign,” he said.

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