149kg rubbish collected in Labuan cleanup event

LABUAN: Some 149kg of rubbish was collected during JCI Labuan’s annual beach cleanup held in conjunction with the World Cleanup Day last Saturday.

The event commenced with more than 500 people of all ages coming together to help clean up the Tanjung Purun Beach.

Numerous OGA, NGOs, private sectors, schools and uniform bodies also took part in the event.

Additionally, 5Rs (Recycle, Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Rot) booths on Waste Management were set up and a children colouring contest was organised simultaneously to create environmental awareness amongst the general public at Labuan International Sea Sports Complex during the day.

According the Organising Chairperson Caris Teo, JCI Labuan is focusing more on creating environmental awareness this year and also targeting children to instill good waste management practice at a young age.

Invited speakers from the Fisheries Department and environmentalist Datuk Dr Dionysius Sharma shared their knowledge in the importance of preserving the environment.

Young children were also engaged in Q&A sessions to indirectly sow awareness into them.

The 5Rs booths attracted a large number of visitors throughout the day.

The public were invited to bring recyclable wastes collected and sorted at home to the recycle booth set up by Tzu Chi Foundation.

With the help from Leo Club of UMSKAL, Lions Club Labuan Host and the public, a astounding total of 760kg of paper products, 3.8kg of aluminium cans, 8.4kg of steel cans, and 4kg of plastic bottles were collected. This event successfully involved partnerships and collaborations from numerous government agencies, NGOs and private business entities.

JCI Labuan expresses their utmost gratitude to all the sponsors and supports from the following organisation for making this a historical and memorable event.

By: Iffah Dilaney.

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