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Recycle News

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.

Under the blazing sun, the group is digging for “treasure”, not leaving out the rubbish bin. [Photograph by Goh Ah Lian]

If it was not for the opportunities to do recycling, this group of teenagers in Machap Baru New Village will probably be spending their leisure time playing video games, watching movie, playing sports or perhaps sleeping. Now, instead of spending time on those activities, they have brought changes to the village.

Murugan (in yellow shirt) delivering recyclables to the recycling point. [Photograph by Tan Kim Chew]

Tzu Chi volunteers’ continuous love and care to the residents of Taman Juta, Klang, after it was ravaged by a windstorm, had led to the establishment of the first recycling point within the community this July. It is the residents’ way of reciprocating the love they received and protecting Mother Earth.

The opening of the eighth Tzu Chi recycling point in Tawau. [Photograph by Yeo Teck Hwa]

“I intend to make this place a model community for environmental protection.” Jennifer Hong So Kia, a Tzu Chi volunteer, made this vow when she shifted to Taman Sri Apas in 2012. The eight four-storey apartment blocks house 888 households, where 97% of the residents are Malays.

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