‘Rethink’ before purchasing

Posted on March 1, 2012. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods |

-The Star-

THE Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) has added ‘Rethink’ to its 3R policy of ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ to remind the people to think before buying, consuming or using a product.

Council president Maimunah Mohd Sharif said consumers should think whether the waste from the items they consumed were recyclable or whether a biodegradable packaging option was available for the products before buying them.

“We must adopt a green procurement mindset by thinking green every time we make a purchase or consume an item.

“For example, when we buy foodstuff or drinks, we should look for those that are served with biodegradable packaging,” she said when opening the council’s school-level zero waste programme at SK Permatang To’ Kandu, Permatang Pauh, Butterworth, on Tuesday.

Good stuff: Student Siti Hajar Yahya showing the recycled soap

Maimunah said schools could target to keep their fields and surroundings free from rubbish that were commonly found strewn indiscriminately after major events such as sports day or canteen day.

She said apart from commercial and residential units, the council wanted Seberang Prai schools to play an active role in achieving zero waste target in their pre- mises to promote a sustainable living environment.

Maimunah said the council has targeted a minimum of five schools for its zero waste programme, where the schools were required to recycle wastes from the office, classrooms and canteens.

She said the pupils too were encouraged to reduce the amount of rubbish they produced, noting that successful schools would be rewarded with cash prizes of up to RM400 depending on the weight of items recycled over a period of time.

School headmaster Mohd Shukri Abdul Rahman said the school, which has an enrolment of 932 pupils, was committed toward realising its zero waste programme, which would be audited and monitored by the council.

He said the school had won third prize in last year’s Green School Awards competition in the primary school category, which was jointly organised by the state government and the council.

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