Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Hopefully these individuals are celebrated and their efforts coordinated...
As I have been living in an apartment too for the last two years.. I realise how much rubbish a household can generate and I know there is something that can be done about it.
Below's a tireless recyclist who is very very hebat.
Yet, Hopefully someday some recycling company will realise they'll be hitting a jackpot if they can outsource someone to collect recyclables from all apartment units and compensate the residents for it. The trouble comes in coordinating with the apartment management who are more concerned about security issues. In the meantime the rubbish collectors are having a hard time trying to separate the organic trash from the recyclables. It helps tp give them income but if there is a project that could include them somewhere in the recycle chain the process would be much more efficient and they would have a better income.
This is certainly do-able but I haven't really sit down and figure it out. Hopefully I'll get a brainwave soon and help sell the idea to the relevant parties. In the meantime let's use less plastic and paper!
By OH ING YEEN
WHILE some of us are still deep in slumber, Chin Chu Lin is up and about at 6am every day, pushing her trusty trolley from unit to unit to collect recyclable items at the apartment block where she lives in Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya.
“There are three blocks and 18 floors per block. My friend gave me the trolley to ease the burden of carrying things around. Before this, I carried all the recyclable items and walked to and from my apartment unit.
“It’s just a daily exercise for me. If I see something that can be recycled, I’ll pick it up. I’m used to it as I’ve been doing it for the past five to six years,” said Chin, a member of the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu-Chi Foundation Malaysia.
She collects the items and sends them for recycling every third Saturday of the month. The proceeds are donated to charity organisations.
Thus, before the third Saturday, her house is filled with old newspapers, old clothes and unwanted furniture. Even the walkway outside her apartment is filled with recyclable items.
Starting young: Twins Qi Fong (right) and Qi Ee helping load recyclable items on Chin’s trolley at the apartment block in Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, recently.
“At first, my husband was not happy with what I was doing as it cluttered the house. So, I did it secretly. But now he understands and even helps,” she said, adding that her 15-year-old daughter helped her sort out the items.
“At first, I had to explain to neighbours what I was doing as they thought I was making a profit by selling the items.”
Many now understand she is just doing her part for the environment.
Some residents even place recyclable items outside her unit the night before.
In the past four years, Chin’s neighbour Anna Lim has been setting aside old newspapers, bottles and plastic items for her to collect.
Lim supports Chin’s cause as it is for charity and creates awareness on preserving the environment.
“As a teacher, I tell my students to conserve the environment. Recycling helps save trees,” she said.
Aside from collecting recyclable items, Chin’s efforts are a way to create awareness on the importance of environment conservation.
Children at her apartment block are influenced by her green efforts and help her sort out the recyclable items.
Among them are twin brothers Tan Qi Fong and Tan Qi Ee, both seven, who always help load old newspapers on Chin’s trolley.
“They help sort out the recyclable items and pile them up,” said housewife Chan Fong Ping about her twin sons.
Chin is glad that youths in her apartment block are helping her out.
“I hope more people will recycle to conserve the environment. It is just a small effort to aid Mother Nature,” she said, adding: “I’ll continue doing what I’m doing for as long as I can.”