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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Think(ing) Green Thursday # 25

Our gracious host for Think(ing) Green Thursday, Michelle or Rambling Woods has been sponsoring Nature Notes Thursday and Think(ing) Green Thursday for months now. She wanted to show her appreciation to those bloggers who blog about their love of mother nature or show concern for the planet.

She says, "You can’t be a nature lover without being a ‘green thinker’ or a green thinker without being concerned for mother nature".Please accept this award. All I ask is that one post be devoted to how you try to take care of the planet by trying to live green and being more environmentally conscious."

Michelle, thank you very much for this beautiful and meaningful award. I certainly would continue to dedicate one day each week towards Think(ing) Green.

The picture above shows a collection centre stationed in front of a bank. There are workers here to help you unload your waste if you are driving and there is no parking.

In addition to the orange collection boxes (see my last week's post) that this company has put up at different strategic locations at housing estates, they also set up these collection centres every Sunday at different locations. Usually, the collection points are near to markets and parks where many people frequent.

According to an article published in the Star Newspapers on Monday, September 23rd, here are some facts about Kuala Lumpur:

1. Kuala Lumpur produces 3,500 tonnes of domestic and industrial waste per day. This could fill Petronas Twin Towers up to a height of 11 metres.

2. Every 40 days, KL-ites would be able to fill up both towers with waste

3. All the waste that are rotting in our landfills produces a toxic substance called leachate* which contaminate our rivers and seas.

4. Think about the greenhouse gas emissions such as nitric oxide and methane which is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

5.The current waste generated by the average household in KL has now reached 0.8 to 1.3kg per day. Out of the 3,500 tonnes of wastes that end up in our landfill, 50% is organic waste.

A Solid Waste Management Committee has been set up by under the Housing and Local Government Ministry. One of its project is to divert organic waste from entering the landfills by treating the organic waste using the method of vermicomposting.

* According to wikipedia, leachate is the liquid that drains or 'leaches' from a landfill; it varies widely in composition regarding the age of the landfill and the type of waste that it contains. It can usually contain both dissolved and suspended material.

Now, we too can do our part. If we cannot do vermicomposting at home, the least we can do is to learn to separate our waste. We can start to do this voluntary. No need for the authorities to impose fines before we start doing it. Many items are recyclable and should not end up in landfills. Think carefully before throwing them into the rubbish bins. Moreover, there are organisations like the picture above that helps us recycle waste. Do not send bulky items like old electrical appliances, computers, furniture to the giant rubbish bins as it might end up in landfills.
I would like to wish all my American friends,


This is my entry for Think Green Thursday # 25. My grateful thanks to Rambling Woods for making this possible. To view what others around the world have to say or to participate, visit here.


  1. Thank you so much for accepting the 'Green Thinker' award and challenge Autumn Belle.. I had not heard of the term 'leachate' before but it makes sense. Where do we think all the garbage goes. Another greatly informative post for Thinking Green. --Michelle--

  2. Michelle, thank you for your comment. For the benefit of my readers who have not heard of leachate, I have included its definition here.

  3. Well done, Autumn Belle! Thinking Green and oing the little bits in our own way we are also helping urselves. So, we must reduce, reuse and recycle. All stars for YOU!


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