ONE of the most successful green projects that also contributes to the needs of low income families in Brunei, the Green Xchange project, organised by the Society for Community Outreach and Training (SCOT) of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) in the past four years, has managed to collect more than 26,000 kilogrammes of recyclable items which were exchanged for more than 7,000 kilogrammes of rice. Yesterday they collected 4,156kg of recyclable material.
The remarkable achievement of SCOT was lauded by Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports yesterday during the launch of the 6th edition of the Green Xchange project (Project GX6) at Kg Batu Marang.
Datin Paduka Hajah Adina said, “It was definitely not an easy task to obtain such figures (recycle items) and moreover it was done through good coordination and systematically in the management of exchange.”
Through the programme, the deputy minister said, “Members of SCOT and everybody involved have successfully improved and raised the quality of the environment in the country. Furthermore, they have shown that each person can contribute and bring an impact to the community. Also, SCOT has taken the first step to change the mindset of the community in preserving of our environment.
Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, receives a souvenir from a member of the SCOT group
Datin Paduka Hajah Adina visiting one of the houses in Kg Batu Marang that collected recyclable items. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON
Mohd Auji Azizi Noor, Manager of Project GX6, speaks at the launching
A villager weighing the high stack of recyclable items to exchange for rice
Some of the collected recyclable items
ABOVE & BELOW: Volunteers help to carry recyclable items from the homes of villagers
“In our daily life, we can carry out a number of initiatives to save planet Earth from continued destruction of rubbish discarded by humans. One of the approaches is recycling. Recycling is a process of reusing waste to produce new products or valuable resources.
“While for those who have the talent in creative art, the rubbish can be of value to them and possibly turn into a source of income. There are also some that can produce bags or slippers from recycled materials like plastic, drink boxes and others. The final products can be marketed in tourism sites and become a source of income for the villagers.”
Meanwhile, Mohd Auji Azizi Noor, Manager of Project GX6, in his welcoming remark said, “Green Xchange is a project that benefits low income groups by adding their source of sustenance whereby villagers are encouraged to collect recyclable items like plastic, papers and exchange them for commodities like rice.”
He recalled that the project this year, which was held on February 16, had gathered a number of SCOT members along with volunteers from various schools and colleges to spread the message to the villagers of Kg Batu Marang in relation to the initiative of reminding the public to collect recyclable items. The project has prepared as much as 100 sacks of rice to be exchanged for recycle items.
Elaborating further on SCOT, he added, “SCOT also calls for guide volunteers to be more active, responsible, motivated and brace themselves in community service to achieve the aspiration of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in instilling the spirit of volunteerism and independence among all levels of community, as well as towards becoming a ‘Youth with a Vision’.”
Following the launch, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina visited the collection point and one of the houses which had gathered a number of recyclable items. Also in attendance were Dato Paduka Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education and officials from HSBC and UBD.
Source: Borneo Bulletin
Author: James Kon
Published Date: March 17, 2014