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Recycling for a purpose – TheStar | Elizabeth Wong for <b>Bukit Lanjan</b>

Posted: 28 Jul 2011 07:38 AM PDT

By LIM CHIA YING chiaying@thestar.com.my Photo by M. RAJAN

THE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has started its campaign of recycling used cooking oil into biodiesel with a competition for schools and the community.

The competition, which started on June 27 and ends on Aug 12, is divided into three categories — schools, residents associations or Rukun Tetangga and MBPJ departments.

Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman said so far 13 schools and 10 residents associations had registered for the competition.

Innovative: The Sahabat Komuniti Sungai Sungei Way and residents of Desa Menteri demonstrating how used cooking oil can be made into by-products like soap and candles.

"We have also collected about two tonnes of used cooking oil. Our target is 200 tonnes," said Mohamad Roslan during the official launching of the campaign at 1-Utama last Saturday.

"Those under the three categories who manage to collect the highest weight of used cooking oil will be the winners. They will receive attractive prizes."

CGV Industries Sdn Bhd will be collecting the used cooking oil from participants while also providing recycling bins of 50kg to them. After that, Sime Darby will be converting the used oil into biodiesel.

Although the campaign runs until Aug 12, Mohamad Roslan stressed that it would be an on-going campaign to encourage the public to minimise the disposal of used cooking oil into drains to save our water resources and the environment.

Participants and the public will also be rewarded with RM1.20 for one kg of used oil collected.

"This latest campaign further underlines MBPJ's commitment towards its 5R programme which is reuse, recycle, reduce, refuse and replace which comes under the council's environmental health department.

"In the past, MBPJ has launched various recycling programmes that include collection of drink packets that is still ongoing, recycling of old spectacles, and also collection of obsolete computers in partnership with Dell," said Mohamad Roslan.

The campaign was launched by Selangor tourism, consumer affairs and environment committee chairman Elizabeth Wong, who first mooted the idea of recycling used oil into biodiesel.

She said the state wass formulating a new policy to monitor and control the use of recycled cooking oil, especially on complaints received.

"There was a report by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry about an illegal syndicate in Pandamaran, Klang, that recycles used cooking oil collected from hotels and restaurants in the Klang Valley, and mixes them with new oil which is then bottled and sold in the markets.

"Therefore when this new policy is out, the guidelines will at least be clear as we want to create public awareness and a crackdown on such illegal activities," said Wong.

It is learnt that 40,000kg of cooking oil worth RM200,000 were confiscated during a raid on the syndicate.

Wong said while people knew about biodiesel, not many were using it.

"Hopefully in future, the state could lead the way where vehicles belonging to the state government and local councils use biodiesel," she added.

The campaign is also carried out with the smart partnership of the Lembaga Urus Air Selangor (LUAS) which had been conducting the programme on a small scale with CGV Industries.

Mohamad Roslan added that MBPJ officers were now patrolling Taman Jaya using electric bicycles.

The council is also planning to use biodiesel on all the vehicles of the enforcement department.

He said MBPJ would also be looking to endorse at this month's full board meeting to provide rebates to residents in Petaling Jaya who show environmental initiatives like installation of the solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems.

For developers, incentives is in the form of their Infrastructure Service Fund, which is a charge imposed on developers like building a flyover or maintaining the road under their development condition.

Meanwhile, Wong also said an initiative was being carried out to elevate the Penchala River in Petaling Jaya from Class 4 (badly contaminated) to Class 2 (clean but needs treatment, at least drinkable) within the next two to three years.

Wong, Mohamad Roslan and MBPJ councillor Chan Chee Kong later went on a tour of the various booths displaying and demonstrating the different uses and by-products made from recycled items, including the used cooking oil.

For the collection of the 5kg bins, participants could call 03-7955 2381, email localagenda21_mbpj@yahoo.com, or visit the secretariat of education and local agenda 21 unit, Environmental Health Department, Level 9, Menara MBPJ, Jalan Tengah, Petaling Jaya.

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Selangor has &#39;more&#39; for Bruneian tourists | Elizabeth Wong for <b>...</b>

Posted: 31 Jul 2011 06:57 AM PDT

PROMOTING its Selangor Shines campaign themed "Selangor Has More", the Malaysian state believes it has the potential to draw more Bruneian tourists with its large mix of offerings from extreme sports to shopping venues, said officials from its tourism board during the first "Selangor meets Brunei" Travelmart yesterday.

The objective of the inaugural promotion, said Selangor Tourism Board's General Manager Nourul Ashikin Mohd Din, is to boost tourism numbers from Brunei to Malaysia and vice versa.

"Well, as I heard from the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR), the number of tourists from Malaysia to Brunei is about 2,000 plus, and we'll help Brunei Tourism to increase this" she said, adding the state aims to keep records of tourist arrivals from and to Brunei.

"We can see now they (Bruneians) are more attracted to the Borneo side, meaning Miri, Sabah, Sarawak, Labuan. I think with the airlines that we have like AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, we want to attract more Bruneians to come to Selangor especially, to spend, to shop, in Selangor," she added.

Although there are already direct flights to Selangor with Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) situated in the state itself, the board "would like to see more access happening", said Nourul.

There is also a possibility for the two destinations to work together on cross-promotions of diving and eco-tourism via "twin packages", she noted. Selangor and Brunei share common strengths in these areas, she added, and should capitalise on them.

Having already launched its "Selangor Shine" campaign in Singapore with successful results, Brunei is the second destination on the board's promotional campaign to attract more tourists to Malaysia's most populous state.

"This is the first time the state has chosen to specifically target Bruneian tourists, although there are already a number of local travellers to Selangor," said Nourul.

A press release from the Selangor Tourism Board said the state's Executive Councillor in charge of tourism, YB Elizabeth Wong Keat Ping, was the mastermind behind the campaign.

The travel mart is also aimed at familiarising Brunei's tour operators with the products and packages the state has to offer as well as giving them the opportunity to network with Selangor tourism officials.

A number of packages were touted, as well as Selangor's "10 wonders" which included eco-tourism, agro-tourism, sports tourism and MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition). During her welcoming speech, Nourul also said that they hoped to attract tourists with their popular products such as the largest firefly colony in the world and the iconic Strawberry Leisure Farm where tourists and locals alike can sample locally grown non-traditional fruits like strawberries and grapes.

The state is also hinging on being a family-oriented location, with their theme parks which includes the well-known Sunway Lagoon as well as the newly constructed Morib Gold Coast which aims to attract young travellers.

The Selangor meets Brunei Travelmart was held at the Rizqun International Hotel with Selangor State Executive Councillor, YB Elizabeth Wong Keat Ping, as the guest of honour. Representatives from Tourism Malaysia's Brunei office were also present.The Brunei Times

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Chance to cash in on used cooking oil – NST | Elizabeth Wong for <b>...</b>

Posted: 26 Jul 2011 07:34 AM PDT

Elizabeth Wong flanked by Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman (left) and  Subang Member of Parliament R. Sivarasa showing their support  &#8212; Picture by Hazreen Mohamad

Elizabeth Wong flanked by Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman (left) and Subang Member of Parliament R. Sivarasa showing their support — Picture by Hazreen Mohamad

2011/07/26 By Halim Said streets@nstp.com.my

PETALING JAYA: Do not discard throw away your discarded used cooking oil down the sink. Bring them in, instead, to win attractive prizes.

To encourage Petaling Jaya residents to take part in the Low Carbon City campaign, the Petaling Jaya City Council has launched a competition forto encourage proper disposal of used cooking oil.

Collectors of the most used cooking oil stand to win cash prizes, electrical appliances as well as trophies and certificates.
The contest which starts today, ends on to those who collected the most used cooking oil from today between July 27 until Aug 13.

The competition was launched simultaneously with the council's Used Cooking Oil to Biodiesel Fuel Recycling campaign.

It is divided into three categories — for schools, residents associations and council staff School participation, Residents Associations and MBPJ inter-departments.
Selangor state executive councillor for tourism, consumer affairs and environment Elizabeth Wong commended the council's effort when she launched the campaign in 1Utama recently.

Under the schools category for which is open to both primary and secondary levelsschools in PJ, an iMac desktop computer worth RM3,799 and together with a trophy and certificates will be given to the school with the highest collection of used cooking oil. The winner will also receive certificates.

The second and third place winners will receive , each winning school will win a Hewlett Packard desktop computer, a trophy and participating certificates.
Consolation prize winners will win MPH bookstores vouchers worth RM300.

Primary and secondary schools are eligible to take part.

The top three residents associations which collect the most used cooking oil willcategory winners, they will win RM2,000, RM1,500 and RM1,000 in cash respectively, apart from . Each winner will also get a trophy and participating certificates each.

In the council's staff category, top collectors of used cooking oil stand the third category, meant only for MBPJ personnel, staff members stand a chance to win electrical appliances worth RM2,000 in total, in addition to trophies and certificates, are up for grabs.

Praising the council's effort, Wong said that the campaign was in line with the state's move towards environmental conservation.

"The state is also expediting the process of re-gazetting the forest reserves as well undertaking stricter monitoring and enforcement over factories which are handling solid waste and scheduled toxic waste disposal illegally," she added.

Also present at the launch was PJ mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman.

In line with the city's low-carbon green city conceptscheme, the mayor said the council has set up a formed a battery powered bicycle cycling unit to patrolto patrol Taman Jaya and Taman Bandaran Kelana Jaya. The bicycles also run on battery packs.

"At the moment, there are a total of six battery-powered bicycles for the patrol unit but in the future the council will be adding more as it introduces such patrol units to other areas of the city.

To find out more about the on the used oil competition, call 03-7955 2381 or e-mail to localagenda21_mbpj@yahoo.com or visit www.mbpj.gov.my.

Read more: Chance to cash in on used cooking oil http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/Chancetocashinonusedcookingoil/Article/#ixzz1Th4JbYb0

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