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Press Statement by Penang Chief Minister and Chairman of Penang Green Council Lim Guan Eng on 22 September 2015 during the Press Conference for “Trash2Treasure Mobile Application Launching” at 28th Floor, KOMTAR:

In moving towards Zero Waste society, Penang Green Council has developed a mobile application -Trash2Treasure. This application supports Penang State Government’s vision to increase the efficiency of recycling and recyclables-buyback processes.

The Federal government has implemented the mandatory waste segregation at source in six states and two Federal Territories since 1 September 2015. Critics have pointed out the lack of publicity and information on the new policy, and many people are still unaware of the mechanism. Penang state government will make sure the general public are well-informed and embrace the waste segregation at source policy in June 2016.

In our quest to make Penang the first green state of Malaysia, Penang is the first state to ban free plastic bags at shopping centers, ban polystyrene food containers and achieve the highest recycling rate of 32% in 2014. This 32% recycling rate achieved far exceeds the current national recycling rate 10.5% and national target of 22% recycling rate by 2020. Penang is hoping to achieve the international standard of 40% recycling rate by 2020.

Through the mobile app Trash2Treasure, Penang residents will easily find locations of recycling centres. You can also find new owners or buyers for your used items through a core function “Trade In Your Ex” of the mobile app. Since the Federal government is not subsidizing the mega waste facilities in Penang, we solely rely on private initiatives to divert the waste from the only landfill in Penang- Pulau Burung. We also need everyone of you to play a role to save our cost on waste management.   In Penang, a total of 656,090 Tonnes of waste was generated in 2014 and an average of 1,700 – 1,800 Tonnes of waste being sent to Pulau Burung landfill every day. It costs between RM100 and RM120 to collect, transport and treat a tonne of waste. The estimated landfill life span is 42 years if it is equipped with the Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) and could last for 60 years if food waste converter is equipped as well.

YearPopulation1Waste Generated
(Tonnes)
Waste generated (Tonnes/ capita)Incoming waste to Pulau Burung landfill (Tonnes/ day)
20121,625,800816,62520.5022,237
20131,647,700646,21230.3921,770
20141,662,800656,09030.3951,798
Source:
1 Penang Institute, Penang Statistics Quarter 4, 2014 2 Satang Report, 2003 3 PLB Terang S/B

The waste generated has been successfully reduced in 2013 to 646,212 Tonnes from 816,625 Tonnes in 2012, before increasing to 659,090 Tonnes in 2014.This is a success of our recycling efforts so far.

By converting waste into useful materials or products, we can create a Zero-Waste Economy. Successful source separation will contribute to the financial and environmental sustainability of the waste sector.

Public may download the app from Google Play Store and Apple App Store today.

Let us make a difference and become engaged in sustainable living. Think Globally! Act Locally! Join the local Zero-Waste network in Penang. We can make Penang a Cleaner, Greener, Safer, and Healthier state together.

For more information, please contact Penang Green Council at 04-250 3321/ 3322 or visit www.pgc.com.my.