In Malaysia, landfilling is more preferable as compared to other waste disposal method due to low cost, availability of land and environmental friendly alternative. However, Landfills are increasingly running short of space. It is reported that 80% of existing landfill sites have almost reached full capacity and are expected to be shut down in next few years. The hidden cost of landfills to society is exorbitant especially when content in a landfill are effectively lost forever to society, waste of natural resources and environmental pollution are factored in.
Other forms of waste disposal such as incinerators have been implemented in Malaysia. However it is a compromise rather than a solution as incinerating waste produces dioxin emission that poses a great threat to public health and overall environment. To overcome these challenges iCycle has designed a web-based rewarding system to encourage community members to participate in recycling activities by giving out incentive-based rewards (Recycling Points). By adopting a barcode system and web rewarding system, the iCycle solution is capable of providing coverage for most categories of recyclables, and presents an avenue for members to contribute to the database – essential for the collection and tracking of recyclables and monitoring of carbon footprint. The iCycle system removes the pain out of recycling by reducing, subsidising or completely eliminating common pitfalls such as Distance to recycling centers, lack of space, time spent on sorting out waste, ignorance and indifference to recycling.
The iCycle collects more than 35 types of solid waste and with very few exceptions such as disposable diapers, dirty tissues, wood products and food waste. Additionally, the iCycle approach also helps to provide active and passive measures for effective management of solid waste, quality improvement and evaluation of contractors and cleaners, community engagement, provide the stakeholders with accurate, useful information related to the approach – including the risks and maintain formal communication with public and to educate people on different ways of handling waste. To date, iCycle has processed more than 300,000kgs of waste from 12,000 members using more than 250 bins spread over 9 states in Malaysia.
iCycle is fully committed to sustainability and is proud to be part of the solutions to solid waste management (SWM) that cuts across 12 out of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
6 Clean Water and Sanitation
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
7 Affordable and Clean Energy
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all