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Tzu Chi has a new recycling centre located behind Taman Putra Municipal Hall. It used to be a storeroom before its conversion. This project was approved and coordinated by Ampang Jaya Municipal Councilors, Zhang Qun Fang and Li Shu Zhen respectively.
On February 12, 2012, the recycling centre at Taman Putra Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, was officially opened. Volunteers propagated Tzu Chi's recycling philosophy by going door-to-door, distributing information leaflets and educating locals on the merits of recycling. The Tzu Chi tea reception registered an overwhelming attendance of 162 people.
Initially, just after 10 am, the locals were fairly slow in responding to the recycling campaign initiated by Tzu Chi. However, after repeated sincere appeals by volunteers, the residents began arriving at the Municipal Hall until the volunteers themselves had to offer their seats to the latecomers.
Enlarging operating premises
Coordinated and approved by Ampang Jaya Municipal Councilors, Li Shu Zhen and Zhang Qun Fang respectively, the former storeroom at Taman Putra Municipal Hall, was converted into a useful recycling centre, upholding theTzu Chi philosophy.
In November 2011, Tzu Chi volunteer, Lin Long Chuan, undertook the renovations, which included roofing and concrete works, free-of-charge. Upon completion, an airy 400 sq. ft Tzu Chi recycling reception hall was constructed. A month later, Tzu Chi's recycling centre was opened to the local community on every Wednesday and Saturday.
This Tzu Chi Recycling Centre is surrounded by lush greeneries, with two huge trees providing natural shading to volunteers. An enormous recycling box is placed near the fence to enable passers-by to drop in their recyclables.
Cycling to keep fit and healthy
At the Tzu Chi tea reception, a jovial Xuan Cui Ping said, "I am an old lady but still going strong at the age of 75. Yesterday, I was chased after by five people when I went to collect cardboards!"
With grey hair and dark complexion, Cui Ping looked energetic. She was invited to share her opinion on recycling activities with the locals. Recently, she was the focus of the media's attention for her nostalgic and charitable recycling activities on a bicycle.
She said, "Many years ago, I loved to play mahjong and always gambled heavily, so my daughter practically grew up on mahjong tables!" However, after knowing Tzu Chi, she had turned over a new leaf. Since 2007, she has been seen wearing a hat and long- sleeved shirts while cycling in and out of Pudu and Loke Yew Road to do recycling work. In so doing, she regained her health and happiness, and eventually stopped gambling.
"Cycling everyday practically makes me immune to illnesses. Even the doctors were amazed and wondered what I have been consuming to stay healthy," said Cui Ping. Unfortunately, six months ago, she met with a road accident and sustained back injuries. As a result, she had to rest for some time. Her daughter even hid her bicycle keys to stop her from going out. However, upon recovery, the granny resumed her usual recycling routines.
"Since I was poor before, I can understand the hardships of being poor. As I derive much happiness through helping others, I will keep up with that good practice, "said Cui Ping, in advocating the advantages of recycling. "Master Cheng Yen bestowed me the Dharma name of "Tzu Ping", implying that I should promote public awareness on recycling! So, shall we all work together to ensure that global environmental protection is realized?" asked the kind and resolute granny, amid standing ovation in the Municipal Hall.
Trampling of recyclables marks opening of recycling centre
"Just imagine, an elderly person of more than 70 years of age, riding a bicycle everyday to do recycling! Those people with cars should, by right, send in recyclables in their cars," remarked Zhang Qun Fang.
"Many people thought of doing charity, but just don't know how. Actually, 70% of the resources are recyclable and only about 30% are refuse. Recycling is the easiest way to protect the environment and if we continue to destroy Mother Earth, the much prophesied doomsday may materialize."
At noon, Ampang Jaya Municipal Councilors, Zhang Qun Fang, Li Shu Zhen and Shan Jin Ying joined volunteers in the official opening of Taman Putra Tzu Chi Recycling Centre. At the count of three, the red cloth was unveiled and plastic bottles released. Immediately after this, everyone was merrily trampling on bottles and aluminum cans that were pre-arranged in the shape of a heart on the ground. The trampling sounds marked the opening of another Tzu Chi Recycling Centre.
Li Shu Zhen, said that this opening ceremony was aimed at arousing public awareness on environmental protection, and that the trampling concept was more meaningful than a lion dance.
Among visitors attending the Tzu Chi function were some physically-challenged people, who should be highly commended for their effort.【Photograph by Lee Ee Hing】
Tzu Chi volunteers invited the local public to join in recycling activities through their sign language performance, "Everyone Does Recycling". 【Photograph by Lee Ee Hing】
75-year old Granny Xuan Chui Ping sharing her experiences with the audience and encouraging everyone to protect the environment and to do charity.【Photograph by Lee Ee Hing】
Everyone, adults and children alike, trampled on bottles and aluminum cans, prearranged on the ground in the shape of a heart, to appreciate the true joy of recycling.【Photograph by Lee Ee Hing