Recycling is a multi-advantageous process for the environment as well as the human race. It helps reduce waste, the consumption of fresh raw materials, energy usage, air pollution, water pollution and many other things. It’s an essential waste management procedure for many developed and still developing countries.
Although recycling is still not a common practice in many Malaysian households – with only 5% of household waste being recycled and repurposed according to the Alam Flora, the leading environmental management company in Malaysia – it is slowly gaining traction throughout the nation as a viable means of reducing both our waste and carbon footprint.
Recycling centres around the Klang Valley
Currently, Alam Flora has two recycling centres where you can send your recyclables:
- P9B Road, Precinct 9, Putrajaya
Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday 8.30 am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm; Friday 8.30am – 12.30pm and 2.30pm – 5pm
- Jalan Bonus 6, Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur
Hours of operation: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 11am – 4pm
Other recycling services
1. Pertubuhan Amal Seri Sinar
Pertubuhan Amal Seri Sinar Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (P.A.S.S) is a self-supporting non-governmental organization formed in 2003 that aims to educate the public on recycling for charity. They have so far provided over 300 orange coloured recycling bins in residential areas around the Klang Valley for local residents to discard unwanted recyclable waste. They also provide a pick up service for bulky collections everyday, accepting all sorts of electrical, e-waste, and furniture, except the latter must be in a usable condition. P.A.S.S has 26 mobile collection centres that operate every weekend from 8:00am-1:00pm. While their website does not properly state where they hold their mobile collection centres every weekend, those who are further interested can contact P.A.S.S directly for more information. You can also find a list of the locations of PASS recycling bins here.
2. Ammrich One-Stop IT Recycle Collection Centre
Ammrich is a company that provides recycling services to households, factories, student houses and hostels, and commercial businesses. According to their website, Ammrich has a fleet of lorries to collect recyclable items from any part of Malaysia for transportation to the nearest recycling centres. All you need to do is call them up and they will ensure a smooth delivery and pick-up of the items you want to recycle.
They accept defective IT equipment and scraps, rejected metal and plastics, unproductive household electronic products, papers, newspapers, as well as carbon boxes and the like. They do not collect chemical liquids, wooden furniture, fridges, televisions, washing machines, or textiles like old clothes or mattresses.
3. Community Recycle Charity
Community Recycle Charity is non-profit government approved organization that aims to serve communities around the Klang Valley. They aim to be one of the world’s leading charity organizations by utilizing recycling and donation charities. Collected items will be used to contribute towards helping the environment and the local communities.
You can check out a list of recyclable items on their website which is quite extensive. They also noted on their website that you can give them a call to pick up bulk items. However, there is no indication of how much that would cost. Please contact CRC to find out more or if you would like to know the locations of the 179 bins they have around the Klang Valley.
4. IPC Recycling Centre
The IPC Shopping Centre mall has its own recycling centre and bins around their premises to encourage those who shop with them to utilize these services to ensure a better and greener environment. Established in 2009, IPC’s recycling centre operates on a buy-back policy, which means they will pay you for the items you recycle there. The recycling centre is located at the mall’s loading bay.
They take newspapers, books and magazines, cardboards, washed and crushed tin/metal/aluminium cans, and plastic bottles which they will buy from you are different prices per kilogram. They also collect old mercury content light bulbs – also known as compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) – and batteries which they will process and send out to a waste management company called Kualiti Alam for proper disposal.
5. Select Tesco Outlets
Select Tesco stores around the Kuala Lumpur region come equipped with a recycling centre for those who would like to dispose of recyclable waste while on their way down to shop. Here’s a list of Tesco stores that where you can drop off your recyclable products. The bins are available 24 hours, so you can go at whatever time suits you:
Tel: 03 6287 6000
This article was originally published in 2013 and was last updated in May 2016.
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