During yesterday morning's National Day Celebration Grand Assembly, Green Brunei held a "Bandarku Bersih" or My Clean Town Campaign and "Bandarku Bebas Botol Plastik" My Plastic Bottle Free Town Campaign. Held for the second time, the campaign aimed to promote and encourage an environment friendly alternative and instil a green habit among the people.
The 'Bandarku Bersih' Campaign involved volunteers in upholding the efforts of the Municipal Department to keep the vicinity of Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien and its surroundings clean while the event is carried out. To avoid indiscriminate rubbish dumping by the public, rubbish bins were provided around the Taman area.
Under the "Bandarku Bebas Botol Plastik" Campaign, Green Brunei collaborated with a private company to provide 10 water dispensers at five specific locations along the march past route towards Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien. The initiative aimed to reduce the use of plastic bottles during the event in line with the plastic bottle free initiative by the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation, JASTRe, Ministry of Development introduced in June 2018 and the Green Protocol launched by the Brunei Darussalam National Council on Climate Change last month. According to Dayang Nazurah Binti Mohd Noor, the Project Manager, in order to adhere to the SOPs, they have taken measures such as wearing face masks, gloves, maintain social distancing of at least one metre in queues at the water dispenser tents as well as hand sanitisers provided at the water dispenser stations. This year only the working committee members and volunteers are allowed to refill the public's cups and reusable bottles as part of the COVID-19 SOP precautionary measures.
Such initiatives received an encouraging response from the public who came to watch the National Day Celebration Grand Assembly.