THE Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) has launched a competition on Circular Economy (Community) Awards today.
The contest is a joint effort between the council and ESH Resources Management Sdn Bhd.
MBSP mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the objective of the competition is to encourage the mainlanders to practise the circular economy concept in their community.
“It is a special competition that will involve community groups on the mainland to obtain a star rating based on recycling activities, upcycle, organic waste segregation, composting, community farming and any other activities that can be linked to the circular economy concept.
“After all, the circular economy is a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. In this way, the life cycle of products is extended.
“Or in other words, the circular economy concept focuses on closing the loop and improving the resource efficiency in maximising product production and to minimise waste generation. And this is exactly what MBSP is trying to do,” Rozali told a press conference at the MBSP headquarters building in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam today.
According to Rozali, there are a total of five-star ratings in the Circular Economy (Community) Awards competition, whereby the one-star rating is the lowest and the five-star rating the highest.
The star rating breakdowns are as follow:
i) One-star rating: At least 50% of the residents of a community only carry out recycling activities.
ii) Two-star rating: At least 50% of the residents of a community are involved in recycling and segregation of organic waste.
iii) Three-star rating: At least 50% of the residents of a community engage in recycling activities, segregating organic waste and composting.
iv) Four-star rating: At least 50% of the residents of a community carry out recycling activities, segregating organic waste, composting and upcycling.
v) Five-star rating: At least 50% of the residents of a community are involved in recycling activities, organic waste segregation, composting, upcycling, including the sale of the products from circular economy concept in the MBSP growth market.
The prizes are as follows:
i) Five-star rating: 3 x RM500 cash prizes
ii) Four-star rating: 3 x RM400 cash prizes
iii) Three-star rating: 3 x RM300 cash prizes
iv) Two-star rating: 5 x RM200 cash prizes
v) One-star rating: 10x RM100 cash prizes
Rozali said the closing date for registration is Oct 30 and the last date for submission of a report is on Nov 15.
“For more information and any other related inquiries, feel free to call 012-4779330 (Chew) or 016-9315674 (Mishna) for more details,” he added.
Story by Riadz Akmal
Pix by Muhamad Amir Irsyad Omar