**Update 22 January 2012**
Well I just googled for a place to recycle glass in Kelana Jaya, and this post turns up first unfortunately. I say unfortunately, because I couldn't find out much then, and it just goes to show how little has changed in the last 2 years+.
Anyway - there is an updated list from Alam Flora
, but it is pretty meagre.
Also, Nokia centres will take your batteries.
Good luck out there
One thing that frustrates me is finding places to drop of material for recycling. Getting rid of paper is easy enough - we just wait for the sounds of 'paper lama' to echo through the neighbourhood, and try to catch the truck - we don't ask for money as it is not a lot and - frankly - I think they're doing a public service.
Metal and plastic bottles ('hard plastic') is more haphazard, but still possible - what we do is to leave it on the corner or in front of the house in a fairly obvious manner, and within a couple of days someone has picked it up. Usually it's a guy cycling around, collecting scrap wherever he can. It will get recycled, but I wonder under what conditions - sometimes the manner of recycling is extremely un-eco-friendly too (see here
Also, this isn't an option if you live in a condo or certain areas.
But getting rid of glass is a hassle, and for Tetra Paks and similar packaging it is even more difficult.
I did a quick search and came up with these two useful documents produced by the Global Environment Centre
: 'recycling collection centres in the klang valley'
, and 'The Art of Recycling'
. They both have addresses and information about recycling collection centres.
But still, the problem is that they may be out of date, and also one still has to work out where the places are.
So - here's a solution: The Google Maps 'Recycling Centres in Klang Valley'
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I've made the map public, so anyone can add and edit it (I think you need a Google login though), and I propose that for each entry the following information is provided:
• Status: i.e. confirmed or not, active or inactive
• What is collected: i.e. paper, glass, batteries...
• Time: i.e. opening times
• Address: duh
• Source: i.e. where does the information come from
You can check the map out here
, and start adding your local collection points! If people add to it, and link to it from their blogs with some relevant keywords (recycling centre, recycling collection point, kelana jaya, kuala lumpur, damansara, etc...), it could start turning up in Google search.
: Anyone can edit the map - click on the above link, sign into Google, click on 'Edit' and you're there!
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