T3 campaign rounds up over 500kg of recyclables
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Monday, June 23, 2014
OVER 500kg of recyclables were collected in the Trash to Treasure (T3) campaign which took place at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, Berakas yesterday.
The campaign was a joint initiative between Asia Inc Forum, the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (Jastre), Ministry of Development; and Daikyo Environmental Recycling Sdn Bhd.
The campaign was also held in collaboration with Beach Bunch, SCOT (Society for Community Outreach and Training) , and Green Brunei.
All proceeds from the campaign will be donated to NGOs (non-government organisations) for their upcoming projects.
The total amount of trash collected yesterday from members of the public and businesses comprised 488 kg of paper, 27 kg of plastic, 8kg of aluminium, 2kg of metals and 21 kg of electronics.
Altogether, 546 kg of trash was collected. The total exceeded the target of 200 kg set by Asia Inc Forum.
“Our aim is to encourage people to recycle at home and at work. We are taking small steps to instil this positive habit,” said Asia Inc Forum’s Conference Manager Nanette Ramos.
Asia Inc Forum hopes to extend the habit of recycling from schools to households and businesses, she said. Adding she hoped students can register their households.
Meanwhile, a representative from Jastre who declined to be named, said the department’s vision is move towards an environmentally sustainable nation.
The official added that the T3 campaign can help achieve this goal.
“These types of recycling drives can also play a role in achieving the targets set by the government,” the representative said.
“Recycling your waste can go towards our mission statement which is achieving a green and safe Brunei.”
The government official added they urge other NGOs or companies to run similar recycling campaigns.
In terms of further encouraging recycling in the country, the official noted one of the things they have extended is the ‘No Plastic Day’.
In a press statement, it stated the campaign was held in conjunction with the National Environment Conference. The conference aims to promote an environmentally-conscious lifestyle and build a sustainable living environment in Brunei.
The top three recyclers from each category (household or business establishments) will receive prizes at the National Environment Conference on 13 August.
To join, participants need to separate their rubbish by material types, which are then converted into points. Points are given to every kilogramme of material collected.
Five points for paper, plastic bottles or containers and electronics. While ten points are given for aluminium and metal.
The second collection date at the same location is slated for August 10.
The T3 campaign was also organised with TOTAL E&P Borneo BV, ButraHeidelberg Cement and Baiduri Bank.
The Brunei Times