Monthly recycling drive in all national housing schemes proposed
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Thursday, June 5, 2014
A LOCAL recyling company has proposed organising a monthly recycling drive in all national housing schemes.
Jeffrey Hung Chuang Woon, project manager at Daikyo Environmental Recycling Sdn Bhd, said the initiative would target the majority of residents in Brunei, who live in the government-subsidised housing schemes.
“Because it is not feasible for us to collect recyclables from each of our customers, we see this a good alternative to encourage recycling habits in Brunei,” he said during a press conference at Radisson Hotel to announce the staging of the National Environment Conference.
Jeffrey said although Daikyo has not formally presented the proposal to the government, the idea has received a positive response.
Hjh Martina Hj Tahmit, head of the Environmental Planning and Management Division, lauded the initiative, adding that the government would be interested in exploring the proposal.
According to government statistics, each Bruneian produces 1.4kg of rubbish per day, compared to 1.1 kg for Singaporeans, 1.2 kg for Malaysians and 1.3 kg for Thais.
Seventy per cent of this waste goes directly into landfills, with a meagre two per cent becoming compost, with the rest disposed of in other ways.
According to the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS), solid waste production is projected to grow from 189,000 tonnes per year in 2010 to 370,000 tonnes by 2030, in line with the current rate (2.73 per cent) of population growth.
By recycling, waste can be reduced by approximately 80 per cent, it said.
The Brunei Times