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Tzu Chi’s Environmental Protection Mission
- Many of today’s consumer products (e.g., assorted plastic products) are made from petroleum. Master Cheng Yen is worried that the
disposal of these products, which take thousands or millions of years to disintegrate in landfill sites, will cause havoc to the
- Hence, the only way is for all to treasure resources and practice recycling at source.
The Origin – Turned Clapping into Recycling
- In August 1990, at the end of her talk, Master Cheng Yen urged everyone to use their clapping hands to put environmental protection
into action and to appeal to their neighbors to join in. The proceeds from recycling would go toward good causes, actualizing the
conception of turning trash into gold and gold into love. Today, after 25 years of relentless efforts, there are more than 6,000 recycling
centers and more than 80,000 certified Tzu Chi recycling volunteers in Taiwan. With the same mission to conserve the environment,
volunteers have implemented recycling in their respective communities and encouraged everyone in their neighborhoods to play his/her part
in environmental protection.
Environmental Protection Initiatives in Malaysia
- In Malaysia, Tzu Chi started its environmental protection initiatives in 1995. With volunteers’ persistent efforts, community recycling
centers/points have been set up all around KL and Selangor. Be it monthly Recycling Day or regular recycling activities, Tzu Chi volunteers
from all walks of life are braving the grime and clutter to collect and sort out recyclables, tirelessly promoting recycling by
A Recycling Center in Each Community
- In 2010, Echo Chien, CEO of TzuChi KL & Selangor,made a vow to set up a recycling center in each community. As of September 2014,
73 recycling centers and 239 recycling points have been set up in Klang Valley. Recycling centers are also cultivation centers, which
- Many elderly, who used to stay at home and idle away their time, have found a new lease of life after becoming recycling volunteers.
Master Cheng Yen mentioned that Tzu Chi recycling centers are likened to ‘elderly day care’, where the elderly have their body and mind
reconciled through sorting out recyclables.
Good to recycle; better still, stop using them altogether!
- Light weight, durable, waterproof and relatively cheaper in cost, plastic products are some of the inventions of the 20th century that
have the greatest impact on human life. They take thousands or millions of years to disintegrate in a landfill, and improper disposal will
clog the drainage system and cause flooding. Also, improper handling by burning will cause toxic dioxin emissions. Hence, instead of
recycling, the best approach is to refrain from using them.
- Bring your own set of utensils for meals to reduce the use of plastic bags and disposable containers, such as, Styrofoam. This will
reduce carbon footprint and waste.
Separate waste from recyclables
- Educate the public to clean and pre-sort recyclables to achieve effective environmental protection.
- Tzu Chi’s recycling efforts are aimed at protecting the Earth. In the past, Tzu Chi volunteers collected recyclables diligently in
order to “turn trash into gold”. Today, they are going a step further to enhance the quality of recycling by educating the public to clean
and pre-sort recyclables before sending them to the recycling centers. This mindful action is a gesture of respect and also serves to
safeguard the health of recycling volunteers, besides enhancing the cleanliness of the recycling centers.
- Master Cheng Yen hopes that everyone can promote environmental protection and put it into practice.
- Recycling involves picking up recyclables and extending their lifespan. It is also a gesture to show our love for Mother Earth. By
picking up recyclables, we are also accumulating blessings, and leaving a beautiful and green living environment for our future
generations. Please contact Tzu Chi Chapters nearest to you, and let us do recycling now before it is too late!
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