Monday, March 16, 2015
OVER 5,300 kilogrammes of recyclable items were collected and 7,950 kilos of rice were distributed during the seventh Green Xchange (GX) programme organised by the Society of Community Outreach and Training (SCOT) yesterday.
Residents from various villages in Kampong Ayer flocked to the Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Mosque in Kg Tamoi with their recyclable items which were exchanged for rice.
According to the press release from SCOT, the recyclables collected during the one-day event were papers, plastic bottles, aluminium and metal cans, as well as large electronics such as television sets and refrigerators.
Volunteers from various schools and the public helped to carry the recyclables from the villagers’ homes to the collection site at the mosque, where the items were weighed and traded for rice.
Speaking to The Brunei Times, the director of GX Khairunnisa Ash’ari said a villager is entitled to 1.5 kg of rice for every kilogramme of recyclable items.
Proceeds from the collection will go into SCOT funds, where it will be used to support other programmes to help the underprivileged in Brunei. The GX programme is one of the most successful green projects that also meets the needs of low income families in Brunei.
Meanwhile, the Project Manager of Green Xchange 7, Md Firdaus Ismail said that the event was one of the projects they held annually.
He said, “One of the objectives of this project is to give awareness to the residence in Kg Ayer on the importance of recycling activity and also help those who are in need of our help.”
He also said that the project was held to give awareness to residence of Kg Ayer about the importance of recycling. “The project is an alternative way to educate people in Brunei.”
Besides helping the underprivileged community, the project also attracts more youth to open their eyes on the importance of teamwork to prevent poverty.
Over 80 youth volunteers took part in the seventh GX, which included students from various schools.
A 16-year-old student from Jerudong International School, Nurul Asyiqin Mulyadi said, “I want to build up on my personal statement but once I joined the project, it’s interesting that we can help the underprivileged community.”
“Instead of just giving them rice, they also can attempt to recycle and come together to protect the environment.”
This is the second time Green Xchange has been conducted in Mukim Tamoi. The fourth GX was held in 2013, where 6,400 kg of recyclables were collected from Tamoi residents.
The event was supported by Green Brunei and KawanBumi, and sponsored by Telekom Brunei Berhad.
The Brunei Times