Toppen Shopping Centre has unveiled its new Recycling & Buy-back Centre (RBBC), aiming to encourage Johoreans to build stronger sustainable habits by providing a convenient and accessible space to drop off recyclable items.
Located at Toppen’s P2 Green Entrance, shoppers and tenants can ‘shop and drop’ their recyclable items easily at RBBC.
The RBBC accepts various categories of recyclable items including aluminium cans, cardboards, paper, plastic, textiles, e-wastes and glass. Shoppers who use the RBBC platform will be rewarded with cash based on the quantity and rate of each recyclable item with a minimum weight of 1kg.
Toppen’s RBBC aims to provide a convenient recycling journey. Shoppers can proceed to the RBBC and the back-of-house team will weigh the materials and dispense payment accordingly. Alternatively, a self-service drop-off station is provided. Any items collected that are non-recyclable will be disposed of and the balance will be segregated accordingly by the staff.
Vasilisa Kuznetsova, General Manager of Toppen Shopping Centre, said, “On average, one Malaysian uses almost 17kg of plastic per year. This ends up in landfills polluting our oceans. By creating the first RBBC in Johor, we hope to encourage our shoppers to recycle,” she added.
“We want to enable our communities to enjoy active experiences and a large component in embracing a more sustainable lifestyle. We are also making healthy living more accessible to many through our free sporting facilities on our rooftop, The Topp, and also regular Zumba and Yoga classes. The introduction of the RBBC complements our existing commitment to creating a healthier and greener Johor.”
Natasha Aziz, Ikano Centres’ Head of Customer Experience, said, “Sustainability has always been deeply rooted within Ikano Centres’ business approach across our meeting places. With our meeting places being the heart and hub of our communities, we take our role in advocating sustainable practices with great passion. We focus on many green initiatives across our portfolio – just last month we launched an upgraded, digitalised Recycling & Buy-back Centre at our meeting place in Damansara, IPC Shopping Centre. Other initiatives include upcycling hoarding materials into accessories and working with our tenants to share our sustainability vision. This newly launched RBBC at Toppen is a great example of our efforts to strengthen our commitment and to encourage Malaysians to create a greater impact on the people and the planet.”
Toppen is the first shopping centre in Malaysia to achieve a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification for its core and shell. The shopping centre was also developed with a focus on renewable energy with solar PV panels and a rainwater harvesting system to reduce potable water consumption.
In partnership with Non-Governmental Organisations, Toppen has plans for future events like collective cleaning up activities and inter-school competitions for the children in Johor Bahru schools. This is to ensure the vision and mission of instilling recycling habits through educating and nurturing the younger generation.