KUCHING: Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd and the Kuching South City Council (MBKS) have co-organised a recycling pilot project for high rise apartments in the Kuching South area here yesterday.
MBKS Mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng said the city council and Trienekens had been organising a lot of projects and activities.
“And this pilot project at Community Square, Pr1ma Bintawa Riverfront, Jalan Daya Kuching is the first we do for high rise apartments. Thank you again.
“Also thank you to the management of Pr1ma Bintawa Riverfront for allowing MBKS and Trienekens to use this venue to kick-start our pilot project. Thank you for your support,” he said in his opening speech.
For this pilot project, he said there are five participating apartments including the Residency Pr1ma Bintawa Riverfront here.
The other four apartments are Fulton Park, Toorak Park, Rex Apartment and Gala Residences.
“Thank you to the representatives of the apartments who are here today. It is a good start when we managed to get other apartments to participate with our projects.
“The duration of the pilot projects is a one year project starting today Nov 3, 2022 until Oct 31, 2023,” he said.
Wee added that the objectives of this project are to activate waste reduction initiatives through recycling and to initiate the first recycling pilot project involving separation at source.
It is also to inculcate the recycling practices among the residents in the participating apartment which would eventually extend the lifespan of the sanitary landfill.
“To make sure this project runs smoothly, we need to educate the residents on recycling.
“What to recycle, which item falls in which categories and what item can be re-used. Printed educational material such as leaflets and poster will be provided by the Trienekens,” he said
Wee also said the council needs full cooperation from the management corporation and also the residents.
“I believe the management corporation has been briefed on their responsibility and what they need to do which is to inform their residents to separate their recyclable items according to the categories and placed them in the recycling bins provided by MBKS.
The accumulated recyclable items shall be collected by the Trienekens and reported to MBKS.
“The report collected will be used for evaluation purposes before we extend this project to other apartments and condominium under MBKS jurisdiction.
“We are targeting the high rise apartments and condominiums for this project because within MBKS area, we have a lot of high rise apartments and condominiums.
“It is very suitable community for us to kick-start the project where we can gather the residents in one gated area unlike the normal housing area. It can be easily monitored and we have the management corporation to help the council,” he said.
Wee also said the widespread participation of all residents of the apartments and condominiums is needed to help take care of the environment.
“Otherwise, we will see wasteful use of resources, excessive production of waste and over dependence on enforcement measures to keep Kuching clean and green.
“This is not optimal. It is also not sustainable. To achieve a widespread participation of Kuchingnites in all aspects of remaking Kuching, we must embrace a new mindset.
“We must become more innovative and enterprising, and embrace lifelong learning. We must also have a greater sense of ownership towards ourselves, our families, our community, our environment and our nation.
“We must have a greater sense of responsibility towards our actions. Recycling takes a little effort on our part, but makes a big difference to the world,” he said.
Also present were Stephen Chin (CEO of Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd), Merlynie Jantai (regional manager of Perbadanan Pr1ma Malaysia), Hilmy Othman (deputy Mayor), Cr. Abdul Baderi Sahmat (chairman of Environment and Tourism Standing Committee), fellow councillors, Trienekens and MBKS officers.
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