The ‘Green Xchange’ Project collected more than eighteen tonnes of recyclable goods for exchange with five thousand kilogrammes of rice since its inception. The amount of the recyclable material collected is big and if not managed properly could become an environmental problem that not only burdens the government but also impacts badly on the life of people, animals and the environment.
The issue was highlighted by the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports at the launch of the 5th Green Xchange Project this morning. The project is organised by the Society for Community Outreach and Training, S-C-O-T, Universiti Brunei Darussalam and Singapore’s Avelife Foundation.
Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman says the development of the Green Xchange project has a positive impact on society and is very suitable for creating public awareness towards environmental issues and their importance. The Deputy Minister adds the work suits the Bruneian culture and Malay Islamic Monarchy philosophy that place much emphasis on caring and concern as well as helpfulness towards others. There is also the cleanliness aspect that Islam advocates. The project began two years ago and in the short period has impacted positively on the community.
The Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports later visited the home of one of the villagers who joined in the exchange of recyclable items. Almost one hundred fifty people participate in the Green Xchange Project. They comprise of S-C-O-T members, volunteers, UBD students and villagers. The 5th Green Xchange Project provides one hundred eighty sacks of rice for change with recyclable goods.
Members of the public can exchange recyclable items such as plastic, aluminium cans and paper with rice. The exchange is according to the fixed rate of one dollar ($1.00) worth of recyclable items with1.5 kilogrammes of fragrant rice. The project also gives the country’s youth volunteers the opportunity to assist in making a success, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports’ mission to promote volunteerism and self-reliance among all levels of society by the year 2015.
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Source: RTB News
Author: RTB News
Published Date: 1 September 2013