Recently I had to upgrade my refrigerator because the kids have grown and we have run out of space. Each week, I had rearrange my fruits and vegetables to make sure they all go into the fridge.  I actually had to push them in to make sure they all fit in! The fruits and vegetables were not getting any breathing space at all! We do a lot of juicing so we buy a lot of fruits and vegetables each week. So we had no choice but to buy a new fridge.

My old fridge which is more than 10 years old was a National Tanto brand. In all of the years which we used it, it has never given us any problems. Not even one day. Not even when we moved it around when we moved house. It is an excellent fridge. Unfortunately none of the retailers we visited would allow a trade in for an old fridge.

When we asked them what to do with the fridge, the standard reply was Just pay $10 or $20 and ask the lorry driver to get rid of it for you.” Imagine that! What a waste. It was a perfectly good fridge in perfect working condition and everyone asked me to throw it away! Not only that, I had to pay some money to get it thrown away!

I think that people these days, are getting more and more wasteful. Don’t want an old phone? Throw it! Your old tv is outdated? Throw it! Upgrading your fridge? Throw it!

Then I remembered Pertubuhan Amal Seri Sinar. Several years ago, when I was moving house, I had called them to help me take away my bulky items including sofa sets and other used items including boxes of books and old clothing for recycling. Persatuan Amar Seri Sinar or P.A.S.S. is a self-supporting NGO formed in 2003 to educate the public to recycle for charity.

What can you recycle? Wearable clothes, shoes, bags, toys, newspapers, magazines, plastic, glass, aluminium, electrical items, usable furnitures…

I immediately called them up. They told me that they will help take away usable bulky items. All one has to do is call them up and they will come the next day. Lovely. I didn’t have to throw away my perfectly good old fridge after all. I could recycle it. So we had kakak clean up the fridge properly. We gave the inside and outside a good wipe but we didn’t call the recycling company for two weeks because we felt rather sentimental parting with it. Well, its finally gone now, donated for charity and  I hope it will be put to good use now, the way it served us for more than 10 years.

If you have any bulky items, no make that bulky usable items that you want to recycle for charity, you can contact:

Pertubuhan Amal Seri Sinar

Lot 754, Jalan Sungai Tekali, Batu 14, 43100 Hulu Langat, Selangor

Tel: 03-9021 1888

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