15th December 2022 - 2 min read
AmBank has partnered with Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) to roll out an innovative recycling reverse vending machine (RRVM) that is equipped with DuitNow QR Scan & Pay function. Said to be the first RRVM with such a capability, it enables users who recycle items through the machine to receive cash rewards directly into their bank accounts or e-wallets via DuitNow.
The RRVM was originally launched back in June 2022 by DBKL as a proof of concept, but this earlier version of the machine did not come with any cash incentives for recyclers. This time round, the RRVM is enhanced to offer cash rewards to members of the public who recycle using the machine, paid by scanning their DuitNow QR codes. The public can currently find this RRVM at the lobby of Menara DBKL 1 (Jalan Raja Laut), with several more expected to be rolled out soon, placed in high footfall areas.
Group chief executive officer of AmBank Group, Dato’ Sulaiman Mohd Tahir said that this initiative to expand access to recycling programmes is in line with its ambition to promote sustainability. “As a financial institution which embraces sustainability, we look forward to working with organisations towards goals that are aligned to give positive impact to our communities,” he further said.
Meanwhile, the mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Seri Mahadi Bin Che Ngah stated that as one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur has seen an increase in waste generation. In fact, DBKL spends an average of RM220 million for waste management within the city alone. Worse, uncontrolled dumping of waste has also become one of the contributing factors to flash floods in Kuala Lumpur, besides climate change.
Given this situation, Datuk Seri Mahadi said that DBKL is committed to reducing waste generation through various recycling programmes, with the introduction of RRVM being one of them. He also hopes to see more cooperation between DBKL and entities from the private sector to promote this agenda, thereby encouraging the public to dispose their waste more effectively and responsibly.
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