SGM Penang Launches Recycling Campaign

Feb 8, 2003 ◄ Back to list

In an attempt to instil greater awareness among individuals on the importance of protecting the environment, SGM Penang members launched a waste recycling campaign on February 8, 2003 at the SGM Penang Culture Centre at Jalan Burmah, Penang. The campaign was inspired by the principles and vision of the Earth Charter, a global document that highlights values for building a sustainable future for our planet. SGM and other Soka Gakkai organisations in many countries are strong supporters of this global initiative which was officially launched in March 2000 in Paris.

In conjunction with the event, Tuan Hj Zulkifii Zakaria, a senior health inspector from the Penang Municipal Council, who oversees the municipal's recycling programmes, provided an overview of the island's waste disposal issues and the public's lack of concern for it. According to studies, Penangites are estimated to throw an average of 15,000 tonnes of rubbish every day. Hj Zulkifii's presentation convinced the audience of the importance of waste recycling.

Although only a small cross-section of SGM Penang members attended this event, those who attended, left with an awareness of the need to do their bit for the environment. SGM Penang's Recycling Campaign committee will manage the recycling bins that have been set up at the Culture Centre and ensure that the campaign continues to be a success and bring about a change in rubbish throwing habits of fellow Penangites.