By Halim Said firstname.lastname@example.org
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.