Recycling to pick up at Fire Dept

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  • Sunday, 22 May 2005

BANGI: The recycling campaign will be extended to all Fire and Rescue Departments by next year as response to the initial project has been good, said Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun said. 

“The firemen and their families have been receptive towards the campaign, which was launched in January at two departments in the Klang Valley. 

“We find that many of them have started to separate their waste for recycling,” she added. 

Azizah said this was an improvement as it showed there was awareness among this community and indicated the success of the project. 

“We hope to continue to educate the 10,000 firemen and their families about the benefits of recycling and waste reduction,” she told reporters after launching Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) recycling campaign here yesterday. 

Azizah said the ministry was also assessing the success of the campaign and would expand it to other departments in stages. 

She also said there were plans to extend the campaign to other uniformed bodies such as the police and armed forces. 

Azizah revealed that the country’s recycling rate stood at about 3% to 5%. There has been an estimated increase of 1% each year since the campaign was launched four years ago. 

“Although this is small figure to some, we are improving each year to meet the 22% target set for 2020,” she added. 

Meanwhile, UKM Convocation Festival secretariat member Prakas Krishnan said the three-month recycling campaign was part of the activities planned before the actual convocation ceremony in September. 

“We will make a trip every fortnight to collect newspapers, glass bottles and other recyclables from the surrounding housing areas.  

“We hope the campaign will help promote recycling not only among the university community but the people living in Bangi,” he added.  

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