JASTRe: More recycling centres needed in Brunei

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MORE recycling centres are needed to decrease the amount of waste that goes to landfills, said the acting director of the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe).

Speaking to The Brunei Times, Hj Shaharuddin Khairul Hj Anuar said there are only 10 recycling companies that are registered with the department.

He said the reduction of waste through more recycling can stretch the life span of landfills in Brunei.

It was previously reported that there are six landfills in 2014. Sg Paku landfill, which can last up to 20 years, collects an average of 450 tonnes of rubbish per day, with 350 tonnes originating from the Brunei-Muara district.

The acting director said: “There are plenty of recyclable wastes that can be reused as raw materials such as plastic and paper.”

Existing recycling centres in Brunei cater to different types of recyclable waste, as some accept plastic and paper while others only recycle scrap metals.

He added that it is difficult to identify the type of recycling centres that are needed more in the country because it is “market-dictated”, depending on the recyclable wastes that Bruneians produce.

“There is a wide spectrum of wastes that can be found in Brunei (therefore) the more recycling centres there are, the better.

“The only question is whether there is someone out there willing to take the challenge in collecting recyclable wastes in Brunei,” he continued.

Hj Shahruddin went on to say that owners of premises should consider establishing recycling containers in commercial areas to improve accessibility of recycling containers.

He added that owners of premises should also try their best to ensure recycling containers are not abused, such as being used to dispose non-recyclable wastes.

An environmental officer from JASTRe, who did not wish to be named, said more recycling centres can help increase public awareness on the importance of recycling.

This is because, he said, there will be more locations for Bruneians to send their recyclable goods.

He added that more recycling centres would also help the department in achieving its aim of increasing the country’s recycling rate of up to 15 per cent by the year 2020.

The Brunei Times