It just takes a little bit of genuine concern and the knowledge of knowing just how much difference in the world you can really make. Did you know, in Malaysia alone, we generate approximately 30,000 tonnes of household waste in a single day?

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That’s about 30 million kilograms of trash!

While it is now a law for most states to practice the separation of trash, many of us still ignore it. However, the new waste separation system is actually a great way to kickstart your recycling journey, especially at home!

How to Recycle Guide

Recycling is actually really simple. Just remember these simple steps.

Step 1: Prep – Isolate, Clean and Dry! Our trash is made out of different materials like metal covers on glass bottles. Make sure you clean, and separate them as much as possible instead of throwing them together in the same class with food particles attached. Your recyclables also need to be properly dried, as wet items cannot be recycled.

Step 2: Separate according to types. The most common are Papers, Plastics, Metal and Aluminum, and Glass.

Step 3: Store them temporarily in clean and dry containers.

Step 4: Neatly place them in separate plastic bags based on their categories next to the garbage bin on collection day; or place them in these recycle bins in your neighbourhood.

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But wait, what about hazardous electronic waste?

Hazardous electronic wastes include hard disks, light bulbs, batteries and more. They should not be disposed of as normal garbage due to their dangerous health risks, special attention and management are required for their disposals.

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So the best way is to head over to recycling centers like the IPC Recycling & Buy-back Centre at Ikano Power Center and you could get paid too! In fact, you can bring most of your recyclables to IPC as long as you segregate them.

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One of the simplest but most impactful way to reduce hazardous wastes is by switching to rechargeable batteries. Eneloop has the ability to retain 70% of its charge for up to 10 years and can be recharged up to 2,100 times. That’s a lot of savings for your pocket and for the environment too. So take a step towards a greener lifestyle and do your bit for Mother Nature today.

 

Source: Alam Flora, Department of Environment Malaysia, KPKT