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Tzu Chi Miri Won Approval for Its Recycling Efforts

Written by  Choung Mou Hin, Miri / Translated by Ong Yoke Ching

Miri City Mayor, Adam Yii (3rd left), presented the gold award in the “Environment” category to Tzu Chi Miri. Tzu Chi volunteers, Poh Yew Siu (3rd right) and Yee Chung Yew (2nd right) received the award on behalf of Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Choung Mou Hin]

Miri City Council inaugurated “Miri City Mayor’s Awards” to honour individuals or organizations’ contributions towards the city’s development and community. Tzu Chi Miri was among the 29 individuals and organizations that received the awards. This award made on the 20th Anniversary of Tzu Chi Miri carries great significance in affirming Tzu Chi’s missions.


The inaugural “Miri City Mayor’s Awards” initiated in conjunction with the 2018 Visit Miri Tourism Year acknowledges individuals or organizations for their contributions towards the community and development of Miri City. Nominations for the awards were open in early January 2018. There were three categories, namely, Environment, Safety and Security, and Tourism Promotion. Each category consisted of four groups – individual, group, organization/association/non-governmental organization, and company/private sector.

At the award presentation ceremony held at Pullman Miri Waterfront Hotel on October 5, 2018, Miri Mayor, Adam Yii, presented the gold award in “Environment” category to Tzu Chi representatives, Yee Chung Yew and Poh Yew Siu.

Although the award winners were identified through competition, Tzu Chi Miri was made an award recipient by the Miri City Council without competition. It proved the City Council’s recognition towards Tzu Chi’s efforts in environmental protection, and carried great significance as this year marked the 20th Anniversary of Tzu Chi Miri. The organizer also specially prepared vegetarian food for the 11 Tzu Chi volunteers who attended the event.

The City Mayor said that Miri received a “City” status 13 years ago, and this was the first time the “Miri City Mayor’s Awards” was introduced to identify and give recognition to those who have subscribed to the City Council’s vision. One of the areas of focus is environmental protection, and Tzu Chi has made a great contribution in this regard. For example, Tzu Chi has frequently assisted the City Council in beach clean-up activities. He expects more collaborations between Tzu Chi and the City Council to achieve greater milestones in environmental protection.

Growing force in environmental protection

Chung Yew recalled that Tzu Chi Miri started in 1998 with charitable work. The following year, volunteers carried out environment protection missions. For the first five years, volunteers collected recyclables from door to door using trucks. Then in 2005, the first Tzu Chi recyclable collection point was set up, and public members were invited to join the recyclable collection and segregation work on the fourth Sunday of each month. A few years later, it was expanded to nine collection points in various communities. Many also became Tzu Chi volunteers thanks to recycling. It testified what was mentioned in the Sutra of Infinite Meanings, that a seed produces millions, and each of these millions produces millions, and the cycles repeat endlessly to produce innumerable millions.

Currently, Tzu Chi Miri has set up three recycling centres and six recycling points. Chung Yew hopes that the current recycling points can be upgraded to recycling centres in five years’ time so that the frequency of collection will increase from once a month to once a week. He also appeals to the local authority and public members to donate suitable sites for Tzu Chi to set up more recycling centres to advocate environment protection.

Yew Siu highlighted that recycling is not the ultimate way to save Mother Earth. We must achieve what Master Cheng Yen has been advocating, that is, to curb our desires, reduce consumption of resources, and clean the used items properly to improve the quality of recycling, and eventually achieve zero waste. Thus, he hopes to strive harder to raise awareness and inspire everyone to work together towards the goal of zero waste.

He also thanks the Master for establishing Tzu Chi and introducing the Environment Protection Missions, which has allowed many people, including elderly and Tzu Chi care recipients, to participate in recycling activities and find their spiritual support at the recycling centres. Through their work, the recycling volunteers learnt to count their blessings, cherish them, and sow more blessings; and to conserve resources.

Tzu Chi recycling centres are not merely a place for recycling, but also a place for spiritual cultivation. The volunteers turn rubbish into gold, and gold into love, helping those under-privileged families with the proceeds from the sale of recyclables.

 

 

Tzu Chi Miri was among the 29 awardees of the inaugural “Miri City Mayor’s Awards” presented by the Miri City Council. [Photograph by Choung Mou Hin]   The award from the Miri City Council is a great affirmation towards Tzu Chi’s efforts and contributions in environment protection. [Photograph by Choung Mou Hin]

Tzu Chi Miri was among the 29 awardees of the inaugural “Miri City Mayor’s Awards” presented by the Miri City Council. [Photograph by Choung Mou Hin]
 
The award from the Miri City Council is a great affirmation towards Tzu Chi’s efforts and contributions in environment protection. [Photograph by Choung Mou Hin]