KUALA TERENGGANU: A digital recycling app called i-Kitar has been launched by the Local Government Development Ministry through the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) in an effort to make recycling more convenient.
Deputy Minister Akmal Nasarullah Mohd Nasir said the app was developed in collaboration with the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry to encourage recycling among the community.
He said a People’s Housing Project (PPR) scheme here had been selected for the implementation of the app and this would be expanded to other PPRs after evaluating its effectiveness and efficiency.
“One of the advantages of the i-Kitar app is that it allows users to make money from recycling,” he was quoted by Bernama as saying after the i-Kitar launch ceremony at PPR Hiliran here yesterday.
Akmal Nasarullah added that as of August, a total of 109,701.35kg of goods with a value of RM32,910.40 had been recycled through the Zero Waste Community programme in 17 PPRs nationwide.
He said the programme involved 55,344 residents from 13,586 units in the 17 PPRs, including PPR Lembah Subang 2 in Selangor, PPR Hiliran, Kuala Terengganu; PPR Gua Musang, Kelantan and PPR Tehel in Melaka.
“The programme not only assists in resolving the issue of waste disposal in PPRs, but it also helps residents generate side income.
“For example, PPR Hiliran residents managed to generate RM37,253.20 between 2020 and August of this year by recycling food waste and items such as cooking oil,” he said.