When Tay Kim Wee first came to the recycling centre, there was always a distance between him and the volunteers. After his two years of volunteering at the recycling centre, volunteers gradually changed their perceptions towards him and the distance between them started to close.
A worn-out gas hob is destined for the junkyard, if not, a recycling centre. With his skilful hands and ingenuity, Grandpa Low Kong What, breathes new life into such appliances, conveying the spirit of cherishing resources and thriftiness.
Sixty-two volunteers and public members gathered at Tzu Chi Seremban Liaison Office for the annual training for recycling volunteers on November 20, 2016 (Sunday). On that day, disturbing questions with regards to recycling of beverage packaging were answered by two recycling traders.
This Earth is the planet we all live in. Only when nursing the Earth back to health can humans live in peace. During the street procession in celebration of the Nine Emperor Gods’ Festival, Tzu Chi volunteers promoted environmental protection to the public.
Eleven guests witnessed the opening of a 5 ft by 25 ft long mural in the “Jom! Kitar Semula” ceremony. The mural depicted scenes of forest, being the home for butterflies, humming birds and various insects living in the ecosystem. It also promotes care for our environment, planet and resources.
“I won’t waste food anymore!” “I want to drive other students into recycling!” Students who had always been noisy during the lecture not only listened attentively but also sorted resources wholeheartedly. There were some who regretted wasting food previously while others wanted to carry out resource classification and advocate recycling. Everyone began to take heed of environmental protection.
A group of Primary 6 students were heavily tested when doing recycling personally. Be it the various kinds of rubbish or the filthiness and unpleasant smell, the children finally understood the hard work of recycling volunteers and the utmost importance of environmental protection.
“Blessing! This is blessing! I am not dreaming, am I? Am I really ‘wearing’ the blessing? This is great, thank you Master for giving me such blessing!” uttered a 70-year-old Chew Kooi Gaik, grinning from ear to ear.
In the beginning, Ong Koon San repeatedly used his illiteracy as an excuse not to join the volunteers’ training. In the end, it was the irresistibly beautiful landscaping of the recycling centre that attracted him. He began to recycle and eventually became part of the big Tzu Chi family.
August 21, 2016 was not just another Tzu Chi’s Recycling Day at Sungai Besar community, but an important day for the Sungai Besar Recycling Point. Under the active promotion of local volunteers, pre-schoolers learnt about environmental protection. Through videos and actual practising, parents and children learnt more about recycling and were more prepared for the waste classification measure to be implemented by local government starting September.