For the first time the Sibu Municipal Council organized "Love Earth Day" at Heng Hua Garden on the 27th December. I think they are trying to create awareness to the people of Sibu as the current land fills here are almost max out.
It is a good effort but I think they should had thought about this earlier. I even personally e-mail to the council with my proposals some 1-2 years ago but I guess they just dump it to the bin. I think the council is more worry about public's perception about them rather than the environment as they quickly sprang into action when a complain (which was made by phone call rather than write in) from a rich businessman about the bumpy road at Jalan Kampung Dato.
The principles of reuse, recycle and reduce had been implemented in some developed countries such as Singapore and the EU for a long time already and only now they are trying to start instill it to our community. Wonder why they are so short sighted.
This is Heng Hua Garden, the venue for the Love Earth Day. I not too sure whether this is a good location. There are hardly any parking spaces around here although there are many parking spaces within 5 minutes walk but people of Sibu are well known for their laziness to walk to the intended destination.
It looks quite easy to produce the garbage enzyme by going through the brochure at the exhibit. One will need air tight container, water, brown sugar and kitchen waste (fruits and vegetables). Mix the water (60% of the container), brown sugar (10% of the water content) and the kitchen waste (80% of the container content) accordingly. Ferment for 3 months and the garbage enzyme is ready. I wonder whether the the end product stinks or not.
It is claimed that the enyzme can be used to clear clogged pipe, anti bacteria, antiseptic, natural house cleaner, detergent, fertilizer, and etc.
There was also a section for recycling e-waste. Too bad I didn't realize about it as I have a defective keyboard which I could recycle.
The main area was the basketball court at Heng Hua Garden. I don't see a lot of people around. Guess the people here are not so keen on such awareness campaign.
There was a waste collection point nearby Heng Hua Garden (opposite the church). Mountains of recycleable items can be found here.
I also brought along some recycleable items from my home such as paper, plastic bottles and glass.
Unfortunately, I had left some carbon footprints that day as I need to bring all those recyclable items with my car.
I doubt this campaign will create any awareness if the attendance was used as a yardstick. The intention is good but was poorly executed.
I had put some suggestions before to reduce carbon footprints which I believe is suitable in Sibu but was totally ignored by the council and I will repeat them again here:
- Provide each household with rubbish segregation bins for recyclable items
- Recycling centres should not be locked and located appropriately.
- Recycling bins should be strategically located such as in shopping malls and etc
- Create bicycle lane to encourage people to cycle
- Use LED lighting to replace the existing less efficient light bulbs
- Explore the possibility of renewable energy