Issues with overflowing landfill sites are a problem in many countries and Malaysia is no exception. Some countries are attempting to overcome this problem by incinerating the waste. However, the quantum of waste which is incinerated is small and incineration is not without its problems.

We have to do our part in ensuring that the amount of waste going to landfills is kept at a minimum. These are things we can do :

  • Bring your own bags when doing grocery shopping instead of using plastic bags.

  • Buy in bulk. This will save you money and also reduce the amount of packaging used.

  • Reuse

  • Bring your own to the office instead of using disposable cups

  • Buy reusable containers for storing food

  • Buy sturdy grocery shopping bags which can be reused again and again

  • Bring your own container when buying takeout food

  • Use energy efficient light bulbs which not only lasts longer, but save on electricity as well

  • Sell or donate goods which you no longer want to use

  • Use rechargeable batteries

  • Recycle

  • Participate in your community recycling programme (if there are no programmes, start one)

  • Recycle car batteries and motor oils

  • Separate your rubbish into recyclable and non-recyclable

  • Start a composit pit using your organic waste (but not in highly populated areas as this can attract rodents and pests). This becomes good and natural fertilizer for our plants

  • Use items which have been made from recycled materials (toilet paper, bottles, containers)

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