Community Recycle for Charity | Recycling | United States Environmental Protection Agency

Doesn't us think of recycles just a form of social duty that is as trivial as we could not care little about?

Think again. Today, let us look into how a simple act of kindness could really make a difference in our everyday life. The straightforward definition of Recycling is a way of transform waste products into something usable, usually a new product or raw materials that can be used for new product creation. It includes paper, aluminum and plastic, newspapers, etc. Recycling is also a kind of environmentally responsible lifestyle that reduces consumption and reuses products when possible. The benefits that is in all favorable terms with ecology would be conserve energy and natural resources. For instance, recycling just one ton of paper can save 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil and 4100 kilowatts of energy. On top of that, it also frees up 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space and prevents 60 pounds of pollution. It does not sound complicated and is within our reach to curb environmental crisis. In lieu with the world vision, the Amitabha Centre is not lagging behind in doing her parts. Currently, there are 40 lorries is collecting recyclables in Selangor area and Johor Bahru, there are more than 150 collection points inclusive of newspapers, clothing, plastics, steels, etc. The recycle token rate for 1 kg newspapers is at 30 cent at the moment and these money will go into the hands of targeted members, such as orphans, old folks, poor family, and patients with kidney failure; and it will be done in an accumulative and ongoing way to reach out for the needy. Quoting Booker T. Washington from his book “Up from Slavery”; “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” The Amitabha Centre has started working on the ground for XX years with a record of accumulative fund of RMXXX. Appeased with the public support, the Amitabha Centre is encouraged and will take its work to greater scale with a vision of nationwide collection. The Amitabha Centre is also working on fund-raise to recruit more volunteers and purchase more affordable lorry for collecting the recyclables. Mr. Shaohua, one of the beneficiary of recycling fund said, “ I am thankful for the money I received to help with general daily life. Most importantly, I know the money is coming from a very meaningful end. It lightens my heart even more when I know I am part of the green citizen.” When being interviewed about the recycling progress in the Amitabha Centre, the person-in-charge, Mr. Koh slowly tells; “ We are not expecting an overturn of incoming resources and also aware that other NGOs are doing similar work too. The message we are putting across is that it is perseverance in charity we are pressing on.” Donating your unused overflow to someone who can put it to good use can be just as satisfying as giving to your favorite charity and maybe even better. What the Amitabha Centre doing is a great concept in global generosity. Not only do we have the chance to fulfill someone’s need within our own community, but we can make a lesser impact on our favorite place to live—Earth. Miss Noor, the Public Relations Executive of Malaysian Environmental NGOs (MENGO) , tells that an awareness within society need to be build promptly to prevent misconception of recycling in the mind of general public; “ People should not think of selling recyclables only to commercial recycling company but realize that social community is also pushing forward their agenda. Public participation in recycling program is essential.” She also highlighted the cost-benefit analysis in such waste minimization which is the current environmental movement instead of other waste management. During the interview, Miss Noor also stresses that Malaysia has not been achieving sustainable recycling targets as per according to the standard of Design for the Environment Program (DfE). The DfE is a

United States Environmental Protection Agency program, that was created in 1992 which works to prevent pollution, and the risk pollution presents to humans and the environment. Other than providing industrial information as well as guideline on best environmental practices, the EPA DfE program also employs a variety of design approaches that attempt to reduce the overall human health and environmental impact of a product, process or service, where impacts are considered across its life cycle. Different software tools have been developed to assist designers in finding optimized products (or processes/services) too. To work as reference, the three main goals of DfE are: Promoting green cleaning and recognizing safer consumer and industrial and institutional products through safer product labeling. Defining Best Practices in areas ranging from auto refinishing to nail salon safety. Identifying safer chemicals, including life cycle considerations, through Alternatives Assessment. After the assessment on introducing recycling, what is it really helping in tangible terms as well as three interviews with the beneficiary, the person in charge of the Amitabha Centre and the public relation executive from the Malaysian Environmental NGOs (MENGO) ; it is crystal clear that there is a sense of urgency in the matter of recycling to bring on full scale nationwide participation. More volunteers will be called on the programmes too, especially in the phase of drop off, buy back, sorting, and collect. Through these work, the Amitabha Centre is genuinely wishing to spread across its message in religious charity that connect you with the charity you care about in the most secured and convenient way. The Malaysian Environmental NGOs (MENGO) is also in support of such agenda that is for greater environmental good in three simple stage – reuse, reduce, recycle. “Happy sharing is a social responsibility”, this is the new slogan for our upcoming campaign. The Amitabha Centre is a Non-Profit and Religious Organization that is founded in 1998 by Venerable Rev. Xuanfa with a vision of becoming one of the prominent charity organization in Malaysia. It has since established a few charitable facilities and services such as old folks home, haemodialysis clinic, scholarships and free clinics. A grouping of Malaysian Environmental NGOs is formed under the DANIDA (Danish International Development Asistance) -supported programme for environment assitance to Malaysia. The objective is to contribute to the strengthening of the MENGOs and facilitate their impart on the decision making at all levels in the Malaysian society.

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