Daikyo aims to improve its waste recycling operations

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

LOCAL company Daikyo Environmental Recycling Sdn Bhd is looking to build two recycling depots to make its waste recycling operations in the sultanate more efficient.

“The most feasible areas we’re looking into are the Tanah Jambu housing area and Kg Limau Manis,” said the company’s site manager, James Hung, adding they are planning to build the depots at least 40km from each other.

“From our lorry collections there (in Tanah Jambu and Kg Limau Manis), we’ve noticed that people actually segregate their recyclables, saving us a lot of time,” Hung said, lauding the increasing awareness among residents about recycling.

The company currently has two recycling centres dealing with materials such as paper, plastic, scrap metal and copper.

“Our main site and headquarters is located in Muara, while the other branch is located in Kuala Belait. But we can increase the efficiency of receiving recyclable materials if we set up depots.

“We can reduce our house to house collections with our lorries which in turn will reduce the amount of carbon emissions released from the trucks which are potentially harmful to the ozone layer,” Hung said.

He said people would also have easier accessibility to recycle their waste as they would be able to simply walk to the depot to dispose of their recyclables or use their cars but for a much shorter distance instead of driving all the way to Muara.

Hung added that each depot would be the size of a small shop where a further segregation process would be conducted by Daikyo’s workers and the waste would subsequently be driven to the recycling sites for compression before being shipped to countries like China and Malaysia.

“We are the second last step to the recycling process while the countries we sell it off to will conduct the final process of recycling the waste and turn it into new materials.”

He said countries that purchase the recyclable materials from Daikyo treat the paper in a pool of chemicals and transform it into new paper and shred the clear plastic, which is subsequently compressed into plastic pellets that they sell to other companies to form new bottles or any product made of plastic. For scrap metal, they smelt it, which will then be used to produce various items.

“We’re currently surveying the land renting process and we hope the government will offer their support (to our proposals) as it’s an effort in making housing areas clean as well as our country.”

He said the company currently has 10 lorries that make the rounds to houses in three districts excluding Temburong upon the request of residents once the waste reaches 100kg with people disposing of their recyclable materials paid on the spot when the trucks come for pickups.

Daikyo pays residents 5 cents per kilo for paper, 3 cents per kilo for plastic, 5 cents per kilo for scrap metal which includes iron, $1 per kilo for stainless steel scrap and $6 per kilo for copper scrap.

The Brunei Times