KOTA KINABALU: The Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) has signed a memorandum of understanding to create a more liveable and sustainable city.
Dubbed the "Kota Kinabalu Plastic Neutral Project", the collaboration with a non-governmental organisation Blu Hope is to reduce plastic waste around the city.
Every day, between 550 and 700 tonnes of solid waste from the city alone is being dumped at landfills.
Among the measures to be explored include bringing in the latest technologies to manage, dispose and solve plastic waste as well as other recycling technologies to convert wastes into synthetic oils, waxes and gases that can be reused in industries and manufacturing.
This new platform also includes the provision of waste disposal facilities in outlying areas such as islands and villages.
There will also be awareness programmes to reduce the use of single use plastic and sustainable environmental health and cleaning up of Sabah's biodiverse habitats.
Blu Hope founder Simon Christopher said the signing of the MoU was an important and historic day as ultimately Sabah could lead the way across Malaysia and the rest of the Coral Triangle with Sabah Plastic Neutral alongside Timor-Leste Plastic Neutral at the beginning of United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).
"By working together with local partners such a Borneo Waste Industries (BWI), WWF Sabah, Sabah Environmental Trust and others we can start bringing real, tangible value to one and all local stakeholders through plastic collection and the creation of local circular economies for the rest of the world to watch, follow and support," he said in a statement.
The signing ceremony took place yesterday at the DBKK building whereby the MoU was signed by mayor Noorliza Awang Alip, Blu Hope Ventures Sdn Bhd director Clare Ethel Raja and several others.
Blu Hope Sabah Co-founder and community director Monica Chin said the work with DBKK would start in key locations such as Pulau Gaya with its Blu Hope's Water is Life! programme.
"(Other projects such as) Sabah Schools and Fish-Bomb-Free-Sabah initiatives can now bring very real and shared value to Sabah's most remote and frontier communities.
"We only have one Sabah, now is the time for Sabah to shine and lead the way," Chin said.