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Recycle News

Volunteers showing the students the different types of recyclables. [Photograph by Tay Jee Un]

Students of SJK(T) Ladang Kubang, Nilai, know little about environmental protection. For this reason, Tzu Chi volunteers in Seremban went to the school to propagate the idea of loving Mother Earth and protecting the environment to the students.

Volunteers creatively recycled red packets into embroidered balls and tied cans and bottles to ribbon for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. [Photograph by Wang Guan Feng]

On May 10, 2015, the opening of Kota Tinggi Recycling-cum-Education Centre was held in conjunction with the celebration of Buddha’s Day, Mother’s Day and Tzu Chi’s Day. Members of the public came to witness this eventful moment with their blessings.

Volunteer showed an eco-blanket made from PET plastic bottles to the students.  [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]

At the invitation of Chung Hua High School, Tzu Chi volunteers in Seremban walked into the school compound to advocate environmental protection. It is hoped to inculcate the concept in the young generation and promote a recycling culture in school.

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.

A joint ribbon cutting ceremony with the audiences was held to officiate the opening of Kahang Recycling Centre. [Photograph by See Kuan Heng]

In 2003, Tzu Chi volunteer, Quan Hui Fu offered his ancestral home to Tzu Chi to set up a recycling centre. However, due to its remoteness and insufficient basic facilities, volunteers decided to seek for another location. After more than a year of searching, they finally rented a single storey shop lot as the new recycling centre to engage more public members to recycle and serve as a venue to learn and share the Dharma.

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, the honourable guests and Tzu Chi volunteers cut the ribbon and then stepped on the aluminium cans and PET bottles to flatten them. [Photograph by Lai Nyok Chan]

In the wake of the massive floods, Tzu Chi recycling point in Kuala Krau has seen increased participation by non-Chinese villagers, as well as, an increase in the volume of recyclables. This has prompted local volunteer, Yeong Kam Lin, to look for a bigger recycling point. Much to her delight, Goh Yin Peng, Kuala Krau’s Village Head, agreed to let Tzu Chi set up a recycling centre on the premises of the community hall.

With the help of volunteer Tan Chin Wah, the Head of Windmill Care Centre, Kiu Yee Ni (right) showed a table made out of cardboard to encourage everyone to recycle. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]

Tzu Chi Dato Dagang Recycling Education Centre in Klang welcomed its first group of visitors, comprising children, teachers and parents from Windmill Care Centre, since its re-opening. Volunteers educated the visitors on environmental protection through a sketch on conservation of water, electricity and food; and children were also involved in sorting recyclables.

Residents of Rumah Lebong happily did recycling, and even thought of keeping the resources in a sack bag for easy carrying. [Photograph by Yong Chee Ing]

Following the aid distribution after the Bintulu flood on February 4, 2015, Tzu Chi has been extending help to Ruman Lebong. Its leader, Lebong Ak Luang shared that, “This is the third time Tzu Chi has offered their help to this longhouse, and I hereby express my deepest thanks on behalf of the residents. We can only reciprocate by doing recycling.” According to Lebong, they will try to carry out recycling at the end of each month to coincide with their monthly clean-up.

Environmental protection volunteers visited SK (2) Jalan Batu Tiga to promote environmental protection. Volunteer Lee Sor Goh explained the environmental protection’s finger formula to the students. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]

Environmental protection is a pressing issue, and it is just as pressing to instill the concept of environmental protection from a young age. Hence the programme, “Proactively promote good-neighbourly relations”, was launched. Tzu Chi volunteers will visit schools; and with the school’s permission, prepare a series of teaching materials related to environmental protection to teach students about environmental protection in a fun and interesting way.

Volunteer Hou Chun Hui utilized the information on the board to share with the public the “Five good deeds a day”, that is, adopting a vegetarian diet, saving water, saving power, using portable tableware and changing modes of transportation. [Photograph by Ng Pei Sze]

It is a typical outcome for the streets to be cluttered with rubbish after the parade of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. Tzu Chi volunteers took to the streets to lead by example, taking the initiative to bend down to pick up recyclables.

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