Thursday, July 23, 2009

Think Before You Throw!

We produce over 15,000 tons of rubbish everyday. It is only a matter of time before we run out of space to dispose of them. Recycling reduces waste, which in turn reduces the need for landfills and dumpsites.

Recycling reduces pollution and saves energy. Making
products from virgin or raw materials results in pollution
and uses more energy.

Recycling is cheaper in the long run compared to maintaining landfills and other systems. When recycling programmes
become more efficient, there will be less rubbish to dispose of.

Recycling creates up to 5 times more jobs than waste disposal alone. It will create jobs for engineers, machine specialists, environmental personnel, general workers and many more.

Recycling improves cleanliness and quality of life.

Breakdown of solid waste created by Malaysians

27 %Paper
36.5%Household waste

Experts believe a landfill can last 10 years longer if Malaysians recycled 50% of their garbage The residents of Johor Bahru generate 1300 tons of waste every day.

It will take only 3 days to fill the entire length of the Johor Causeway with this amount of garbage.

Malaysia is running out of space to dispose of the urban waste generated daily by wasteful consumption. There simply aren't enough landfills. According to Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, 80% of the country's landfills will be full in two years. In fact, landfills themselves cause many serious environmental problems both for us and for future generations.

If every individual reduces the amount he or she wastes, we will make a major contribution towards sustainable development.

So come on everyone, because every bit helps!

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