Over 459.8kgs of recyclables collected

Over 459.8 kilogrammes of recyclables consisting papers, books and electronic waste were collected during a recycling drive at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium recently, in conjunction with Day of Action.

Three hundred and sixty kilogrammes of paper, five kilogrammes of aluminium cans, 40.8 kilogrammes of cardboard boxes and 54 kilogrammes of books were collected. The public also contributed 12 television sets, six computer monitors, eight laptops and 16 printers.

The drive was an initiative supported by Green Brunei to protect the environment by segregating waste that can take years to decompose.

By doing so, it helps to conserve resources and protects nature as well as reducing waste sent to landfill.

Project leader Muhd Iqbal bin Haji Johari said, “The campaign aims to show how recyclable and non-recyclable materials are differentiated as well as to encourage the public to recycle more.”

Legislative Council member and Green Brunei Co-founder and Community Engagement Director Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari said, “Recycling is an important step in waste reduction. Landfills produce methane, which contribute to climate change.

“By reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfills, we can help extend the lifespan of existing landfills, as well as reduce the amount of methane emission.

“This activity is our effort to support the Brunei National Climate Change Policy on Strategy 7: Waste Reduction.

“We also found quite a number of items, especially books that were still in good condition, which we will donate to different mini libraries or book adoption points.”

The project was led by Universiti Brunei Darussalam students undergoing Discovery Year programme with Green Brunei.

Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari and volunteers with recyclables collected during the drive. PHOTO: GREEN BRUNEI