MBI’s Circular Economy Initiatives Receive Positive Response

By: Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali

Ipoh – The circular economy initiatives organised by the Ipoh City Council (MBI) have received a positive response from various segments of Ipoh’s residents.

Ipoh Mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin, stated that since the launch of the e-waste collection campaign in 2021, a total of 284 metric tons of e-waste has been collected, reducing the carbon footprint by 305 metric tons of CO2e through 401 collection programmes.

“Up until May 2024, we have collected 25 metric tons of e-waste, reducing the carbon footprint by 21.93 metric tons of CO2e through 55 collection programmes.

“Our target for this year is 100 metric tons. Congratulations and thank you to our strategic partner, Edsha Solutions Sdn Bhd,” he said in a statement today.

Rumaizi also highlighted the collection of used cooking oil for biodiesel purposes, carried out in collaboration with MBI’s circular economy strategic partner, Biovisma Sdn. Bhd.

From 2023 to May 2024, a total of 334.968 metric tons of used cooking oil was collected, reducing the carbon footprint by 6.3 metric tons of CO2e.

A total of 1,057 premises, including eateries, food factories, school canteens, and hospital cafeterias, participated in this programme.

Rumaizi also mentioned the collection of used tyres for pyrolysis processing to produce secondary products such as carbon, iron, and fuel. This programme is implemented with the strategic partner, Thowlee Recycle.

“From 2022 to April 2024, a total of 3,632 metric tons of used tyres were collected, reducing the carbon footprint by 2,179.2 metric tons of CO2e.

“This activity is carried out continuously in collaboration with over 100 tyre shops around the Ipoh City Council,” he explained.

MBI has also been accepted as a strategic partner in the CAREton Recycling Programme, which involves the recycling of Tetrapak beverage cartons.

This activity was introduced to school students through the Ipoh Low Carbon Day programme in collaboration with Tetrapak (M) Sdn. Bhd.

The launch of the CAREton Project campaign is planned for July 2024 within the MBI administrative area.

City residents can visit the Ipoh City Council portal at for more information on MBI’s circular economy activities.

“The cooperation of all parties and city residents is essential to achieve the mission of a 45% Low Carbon City by 2030 through the continuous implementation of circular economy activities,” stated Rumaizi.

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