‘Pub­lic sup­port vi­tal for church’s re­cy­cling project’

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Cindy Lai re­[email protected]­bor­neo­post.com

MIRI: A re­cy­cling project ini­ti­ated by Tu­dan Methodist Church to help hard­core poor fam­i­lies in the Tu­dan area has been able to achieve its tar­get with sup­port from the com­mu­nity.

Church pas­tor-in- charge Rev Ni­cholas Tan said since the project kicked off in June last year, they have re­ceived and also col­lected an av­er­age of RM5,000 worth of re­cy­clable items each month.

“Ini­tially, we made rounds at res­i­den­tial ar­eas with the aim of col­lect­ing re­cy­clables, but we soon re­alised that it was harder than ex­pected be­cause peo­ple don’t clear out their stuff ev­ery day.

“We then de­cided to only go and col­lect items when con­tacted by the pub­lic which, as it turned out, was more ef­fi­cient and time­sav­ing, with more items col­lected on each trip as well,” he told The Bor­neo Post re­cently.

Tan said once the re­cy­clable items are col­lected, they would be sorted out ac­cord­ing to type and sold to a re­cy­cling com­pany.

He added that among the types of items ac­cepted by the com­pany are news­pa­pers, any printed ma­te­rial in­clud­ing mag­a­zines, plas­tics, de­ter­gent and sham­poo bot­tles, cook­ing oil bot­tles, plas­tic bags, glass bot­tles, alu­minium cans, canned food tins and elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances.

“Some­times, fac­to­ries and ware­houses in the area would call us to col­lect in­dus­trial re­cy­clables from them, which help us earn more money.

“There are some months when we only make about a thou­sand ring­git but there are months when we can earn up to RM5,000, es­pe­cially prior to fes­ti­vals peo­ple would be clear­ing their homes of un­wanted items.”

Tan said ev­ery sen raised from the sale of re­cy­clable items is chan­nelled to a fund set up by the church to help the hard­core poor in sev­eral ar­eas.

“Some of the funds are used to cover tu­ition fees for the chil­dren who per­form poorly in their stud­ies. We have hired tu­tors to con­duct ex­tra classes for Ba­hasa Malaysia, English and Math­e­mat­ics from Mon­day to Wed­nes­day.

“An­other ex­pense is sub­si­dis­ing school bus fees for the stu­dents, which so far adds up to RM1,800 per month for 20 stu­dents at RM90 each,” Tan said.

He said sub­si­dis­ing the school bus fees is one way to en­cour­age par­ents, es­pe­cially those strug­gling fi­nan­cially, to con­tinue send­ing their chil­dren to school.

“We cur­rently sup­port 10 hard­core poor fam­i­lies through the fund. Each fam­ily re­ceives RM150 worth of food items each month in the form of rice, sugar, cook­ing oil, bis­cuits and other daily ne­ces­si­ties.

“We don’t di­rectly give them money be­cause we want to make sure it is prop­erly spent,” he added.

The church’s col­lec­tion truck cov­ers ar­eas from Tu­dan, Se­nadin, Permy­jaya, Pu­jut 1 to Pu­jut 8 (in­clud­ing Pu­jut Cor­ner and Jalan Miri By-Pass), Pi­asau, Krokop and Bakam, from Mon­day to Fri­day ex­cept on pub­lic hol­i­days.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Santi David at 013- 8139884.

Col­lected items are sorted ac­cord­ingly be­fore be­ing sent to a re­cy­cling com­pany.

The church’s col­lec­tion truck at a res­i­den­tial area to pick up re­cy­clable items.

Rev Ni­cholas Tan

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