Recycle For A Greener Malaysia (And A Greener Bank Balance)
Do you ever think about the effects of not practicing sustainable disposals of household trash?
Landfills piling up, increasing emissions and the Greenhouse effect.
Used oil clogging our drains and causing bacterial growth.
E waste releasing dangerous toxins and pollutants.
All of the above can be significantly reduced if we, as a community, amp up our recycling efforts. It may take a little more effort than usual but the future of our planet depends on these few extra minutes taken to separate our trash.
Not to mention the added benefit of a higher bank balance!
Although, in 2015, the government made recycling mandatory and included a weekly recycling collection, the implementation of this policy has fallen short.
However, there are a few avenues we can explore to begin recycling as a routine. The first one immediately catches your attention with their bright pink trucks and disposal bins!
A subsidiary of Waste to Wealth Holding, this company provides comprehensive waste management services to several areas in certain regions of Peninsular Malaysia. Among these regions are the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Perlis and Kedah.
Understanding that the environment’s sustainability directly impacts our well-being and health, Trash4Cash is constantly looking for new ways in dealing with waste management.
Their primary initiative, the free collection service, has helped Malaysians all over practice sustainable disposal of recyclable trash such as e-waste, plastics, tins, steel, paper, used oil and so on.
In addition to sustainably disposing household trash, you also earn a few extra ringgit in the process! Each item has its own respective price per kilogram.
Recently, a twitter user @neyrashazeyra, narrated her experience with Trash4Cash. The first time she used them, she got rid of 125kg worth of trash and the second time, she got rid of 73kg worth of trash.
She also gave her followers a tip if any of them were to utilise Trash4Cash’s services – separate your black and white papers from your colourful ones. The price per kilogram is higher for the former!
As soon as the collection is completed, your money is almost immediately transferred to your bank account. It’s that simple! For more information on how the collection service works, check out their step by step video here.
This collection service is only one of the many services provided by Trash4Cash. They also provide bins and containers, construction waste collection, paper shredding and composting services, amongst others.
Visit Trash4Cash’s website and download their app to get on that recycling train today!
2) Recycle For Life
Next up on our list of recycling services is Recycle For Life.
An initiative by Cenviro and the My Kasih Foundation, Recycle For Life is a recycling programme that rewards cash through the use of a smart card.
Once recyclable items are collected and weighed, the amount due is deposited into a smart card which can be utilised at certain hypermarkets, bookshops and partner outlet stores. Examples of these places are Econsave, KoffeHolics, Tesco, Giant and so on.
However, the initiative now also enables direct deposits to bank accounts within three working days.
Items that can be recycled through Recycle For Life are plastic, steel, e-waste, paper and aluminium. Recycle For Life also partners with schools, corporations, government agencies and merchants to infuse the habit of recycling.
They especially believe that the younger generation has a big role to play in creating a more sustainable future through the practice of recycling.
Visit Recycle For Life’s website to learn more about how their initiative works, and steps you can take to enhance your recycling experience.
3) Alam Flora’s Buy Back Recycling Centres
Since the recycling trucks do not come as often, perhaps it’s time we take matters into our own hands!
Alam Flora has set up Buy Back Recycling centres all over the country, where you can walk in and sell your recyclable trash. This includes all forms of reusable items, including cooking oil.
Last year, a twitter user, @tekong, explained to his followers how he got Rm4.40 for selling 4kg of used oil to an Alam Flora Buy Back Recycling centre.
Besides oil, these centres also accept e-waste, papers, plastics and almost every other item which can be reused and repurposed.
Here is a list of places where these centres are located.
We often underestimate how much of an effect the simple task of recycling can have! As I write this, I’m beginning to think about how I could have amped up my recycling endeavours.
However, fortunately for us, it’s still not too late to change the current trajectory of sustainable disposals. All we have to do is put in a little more effort to do our part in making Malaysia green again. And guess what? We get to make a few extra bucks in the process.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning your household recycling today by exploring the avenues above!