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Sunday, 19 April 2015 17:23

Environmental Protection Is Everyone’s Responsibility

Written by  Chua Chong Sing, Woo Phing Pheng & Aw Lee Ching, KL & Selangor / Translated by Eg Zhong-Qi

Participants were seen sorting resources into different categories, and in doing so, understood the importance of recycling. [Photograph by Woo Phing Pheng]

Towards the end of 2014, nine out of the 14 states in the Malaysian Peninsula were hit by severe floods, the worst Malaysia has seen in the last 50 years. And in January 2015, Sarawak and Sabah of East Malaysia were also troubled by strong rising waters. With the unpredictable weather in recent years, it is imperative that we start recycling now. To raise awareness of this very important issue, Puchong’s Recycling Team organized a tea party for 32 public members on April 19 at the Tzu Chi Puchong Community Centre.


 
Interesting sharing in promoting recycling
 
“I am pretty sure all of you have noticed the weather getting progressively warmer recently. This is due to the Earth’s ozone layer being affected by the greenhouse gases released by the factories and farming industries.” These are the words used by volunteer Tan Soon Hock in his sharing that captivated many of his audience members.
 
Besides global warming, the overwhelming amount of rubbish is also a major contributor to the desecration of the planet. At trash sites, there are plenty of hidden “treasures”, such as, paper, cardboards, newspapers, plastics, glass bottles, and so on that can be recycled.
 
Soon Hock related an interesting metaphor: “Once, there lived a turtle who met a dragon and because they hit it off beautifully, they decided to meet again 100 years later. A century passed, the old turtle was surprised by the dragon’s unchanged appearance. The latter then explained it was actually a dragon made of styrofoam. This metaphor basically taught us to reduce the use of styrofoam which is harmful to the environment.”
 
Soon Hock urged everyone to practice the 5Rs, that is, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, and Recycle, that will go a long way in reducing the mountains of trash. Moreover, practising vegetarianism could also save the Earth from excessive deforestation for livestock husbandry, which leads to greenhouse gas emissions.
 
In order to allow public members to learn how to sort out recyclables in more detail, they were invited to the Recycling Centre to try their hand at recycling. “Now, please separate the materials into categories. We have black and white paper, coloured paper, newspapers, cardboards, plastic, metals, aluminium, glass bottles, and those that are non-recyclables.”
 
Through everyone’s cooperation and hard work, what was initially a heap of “junk” was transformed into organized “resources” awaiting collection and processing by recyclers.
 
Setting an example via personal participation
 
Volunteer Heng Boi Siang has advocated recycling at his workplace by collecting cardboards and requesting his employees to use less PET bottles and to practise vegetarianism. He also handed out a Tzu Chi utensil set to each employee on Family’s Day, hoping that they would use it when eating out in future, thereby reducing the usage of styrofoam.
 
His passion had inspired his staff, particularly Zhen Guo Jing who said, “I am all for the boss’ attempts at promoting recycling. I will be sure to bring my friends and family for more recycling next time.”
 
Primary school teacher, Zhong Li Jun said, “Promoting recycling in schools is no mean feat. But today I have truly experienced the importance of recycling. I hope to begin with my very own class, and gradually bring the rest into the mix. I also intend to bring my five-year-old son along to future recycling activities so as to instil the concept of environmental protection in him at an early stage.” 
 
Chen Ru Ping was extremely grateful to be a part of the event which allowed her two daughters to better understand recycling. Even though she practises sorting at home, it has never been in such detail. She hopes that her children will be interested in environmental protection and make it a prominent part of their lives.
 
 
Landscaping at the Puchong Jaya Recycling Centre’s is already well underway. It will not only be a centre for resource collection, but also a station that educates the masses on recycling, as well as, a place for the community to purchase trinkets and second-hand items below market price. Volunteer Tan Yang Wei shared that the landscaping has used recyclable materials, thus putting idea into action.
 
 
Thirty two public members gathered outside Puchong Jaya Recycling Centre to learn more about resource categorization and do their part in protecting the planet. [Photograph by Woo Phing Pheng]   Volunteer Heng Boi Siang (right) explained the sorting process to the participants. He has also promoted recycling in his company. [Photograph by Woo Phing Pheng]

Thirty two public members gathered outside Puchong Jaya Recycling Centre to learn more about resource categorization and do their part in protecting the planet. [Photograph by Woo Phing Pheng]
 
Volunteer Heng Boi Siang (right) explained the sorting process to the participants. He has also promoted recycling in his company. [Photograph by Woo Phing Pheng]
 
Two young children were seen doing their part joyfully by squashing PET bottles. [Photograph by Woo Phing Pheng]   Public members listened attentively to the sharing. The adults also further explained the important points to the young children. [Photograph by Woo Phing Pheng]

Two young children were seen doing their part joyfully by squashing PET bottles. [Photograph by Woo Phing Pheng]
 
 
Public members listened attentively to the sharing. The adults also further explained the important points to the young children. [Photograph by Woo Phing Pheng]
 
Volunteer Tan Soon Hock was humorous when explaining recycling, giving the audience members a good laugh indeed. [Photograph by Saw Eng Kiar]   Teacher Zhong Li Jun hopes to start with her own class before encouraging others into recycling. [Photograph by Saw Eng Kiar]

Volunteer Tan Soon Hock was humorous when explaining recycling, giving the audience members a good laugh indeed. [Photograph by Saw Eng Kiar]
 
 
Teacher Zhong Li Jun hopes to start with her own class before encouraging others into recycling. [Photograph by Saw Eng Kiar]