GX8 collects 3 tonnes of recyclable waste materials

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BRUNEI-MUARA

THE Society for Community Outreach and Training (SCOT) yesterday collected more than 3,000 kilogrammes of recyclable waste during the eight Green Xchange (GX8) programme held at the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque in Kg Bolkiah ‘A’.

Residents from various villages in Kampong Ayer flocked to send in their recyclable items consisting of paper, plastic bottles, aluminum and metal which were exchanged for rice.

For every $1 of recyclables, the participating villagers received 1.5 kg of rice.

A total of 470kg of rice were exchanged during the one-day event.

Present at the closing ceremony yesterday was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport (MCYS) Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Md Yusof.

The MCYS minister lauded SCOT’s initiatives to get youth more involved in national welfare as well as their efforts in spreading awareness on the importance of cleanliness through recycling activities“Youth are a big part of the community who should be involved in the development of the country. Through experience from being more involved they can help educate the society at large,” said the minister in an interview with The Brunei Times.

“This is a good initiative and everyone should participate in it. This should be organised often so that people can benefit from it,” YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Halbi said.

With the help of a recycle company, Kawan Bumi Sdn Bhd, SCOT managed to collect monetary value of more than $300 recyclables within less than 24 hours.

According to the Director of Green Xchange, Khairunnisa Ash’ari, the monetary profit that they collected from the project will be used for SCOT’s future project.

“With the money, we can help those in need to repair their homes by fixing any damages depending on the conditions of the houses.”

She added: “We also help them to grow plants and crops (so) they can start business and be self-reliant.”

Within six years of conducting the Green Xchange programme, the non-government organisation (NGO) has managed to collect and recycle more than 39 tonnes of waste.

The Brunei Times