Preserving Penang’s beauty

Posted on August 9, 2010. Filed under: Waste |

-The Star- ONLY 3% of Malaysians are aware that their mobile phones can be recycled.Nokia’s South-East Asia and Pacific sustainability manager Tan Mei Ling said many people also did not know where to go to recycle their handphones.

She said this at ‘The Cleaner, Greener Penang’ campaign-cum-gotong royong held yesterday at the Weld Quay foreshore reclamation area.

Tan also said the people did not realise that every single component inside their mobile phones could be recycled.

E-friendly move: Council workers collecting recyclable items during the campaign at the Weld Quay foreshore reclamation area.

The Cleaner, Greener Penang campaign is a one-year initiative co-organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd, Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) and Seberang Prai Municipal Council with support from the state government.

The campaign was launched on May 22.

IJM Land Bhd is sponsoring compostable bags and gloves for the clean-up.

The bags will turn into fertiliser after 180 days. Other sponsors include Rapid Penang and KBH Sdn Bhd.

The Nokia roadshow to promote recycling of handphones is part of the campaign.

All visitors have to do is bring their old handphones to be recycled and win some Nokia premium items.

Visitors also stand a chance to take part in a lucky draw to win a new Nokia handphone.

State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow in his closing speech said the clean-up was carried out at 16 locations simultaneously yesterday.

“We hope the local community will ensure the success of the campaign by keeping the state clean,” he said.

Also present at the campaign yesterday were The Star regional manager operations (North) Chung Chok Yin and MPPP secretary Ang Aing Thye.

Community spirit: Participants depositing rubbish in a bag at Sungai Dua.

At Taman Hamna in Sungai Dua, a drizzle and an overcast sky did not dampen the spirits of more than 100 residents who participated in the ‘Cleaner, Greener Penang’ programme.

Rolling up their sleeves and holding shovels and hoes, they combed the area for debris and rubbish in a joint clean-up effort with the Penang Municipal Council and Bayan Baru PKR division members.

Also present were Penang municipal councillor Lim Boon Chang and Sungai Dua Village Development and Security Committee chairman Roslan Rahman Sah.

Lim said he was happy to see residents coming out in droves for the massive exercise.

“A clean environment will surely bring us closer to achieving our vision of becoming an international city,” he said when met at the community hall of Taman Hamna Residents Association yesterday.

Lim added that each councillor was given RM50,000 under the programme to carry out projects such as landscaping and education programmes as well as gotong-royong programmes.

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