Drive-through recycling centre launched in Sepang

Drive-through recycling centre launched in Sepang

26 March 2024

A NEW Automatic Drive-Through Recycling Centre (Adtrec), which also pays the public for the items they bring, has opened it doors in Sepang.

Located within Cyberjaya Recycling Centre (PKSC), this initiative – claimed to be the first of its kind in Selangor – invites the public to drop their recyclables in the deposit bucket windows.

Abd Hamid demonstrating how to use the deposit chute while Ramli looks on.


The drive-through station is open 24 hours a day.

Three different receptacles for plastic, boxes and paper as well as steel and aluminium are available.

There is adhesive tape provided for individuals to write down their cellphone numbers and stick it onto the items they are dropping off.

The recycler will collect the waste and verify the details after checking and weighing the items.

The recycler will contact the individuals based on the contact number provided and payment will then be made after 48 hours.

Details on how much is paid for different recyclable items can be found on the Trash4Cash app.

KDEB Waste Management (KDEBWM) managing director Datuk Ramli Mohd Tahir said this new Automatic Drive-Through Recycling system was an effort to reach the 15% recycling goal in Selangor by 2025.

He said Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) together with Bumi Waste Management Sdn Bhd, which is also known as Trash4Cash, collaborated on the initiative.

Adtrec, located at Cyberjaya Recycling Centre, is open round the clock. — Photos: MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star


“Adtrec was developed to make it more convenient for the community to carry out recycling,” he said during the launch of Adtrec by MPSepang president Datuk Abd Hamid Hussain at PKSC yesterday.

Ramli said a “Do it Yourself” approach was being used as there were no workers at the centre.

To ensure its effectiveness, closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and intercoms had been installed for users requiring help, he said.

He added that the monitoring systems, along with Wi-Fi and lighting, used solar power.

Ramli said users getting rewarded for recycling was the enticing factor.

“It is different from some other parts of the world, like Europe, where you have to pay to dispose of your waste. Here, you get paid,” he said.

He noted that Malaysians had relatively low awareness regarding waste segregation and recycling practices compared to developed countries like Japan, Austria and Germany.

“That being said, even if our new effort may seem late, it does not mean that we must give up and stop here,” said Ramli.

He also urged the public to use the facility responsibly.

“I hope more people will be educated and encouraged to use the centre to prevent wastes ending up in landfills,” he said.

He urged the public to change their perspective regarding waste.

“Waste is not dirty, it is money.

“It can be reprocessed into byproducts that can serve new purposes for us,” he pointed out.