Converting Trash to Cash

A gotong-royong was held at the Tanjong Rambutan playing field on Friday, February 23. The event was officiated by Dato’ Hajah Rusnah binti Kassim, Executive Councillor for Women and Family Development, Social Welfare, Housing and Local Government.

“Perak is the second cleanest state in Malaysia,” she said in her welcoming speech, “We don’t want to be second. We want to be the first.”

Participants in the gotong-royong session were divided into five teams with each being assigned to a designated area. The five areas were the playing field, the wet market, Jalan Muhibbah (left and right sides) and North Ward.

Before the commencement of the gotong-royong the Koperasi Hijau (KOHIJAU) point-reward system was launched. The system enables the co-operative members to convert their trash into cash.

Every point collected is worth 5 sen. The amount of points collected will vary according to the recyclable trash – its grade and quality. The better the grade and quality, the more points are earned.

Members can redeem and donate the points the following ways. First, redeem them in cash. Next, in the form of coupons. Those keen in donating their shares, the money redeemed, can be donated to the charity of their choice.

Visit this website for details.

Amy Chan

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