STUDENTS of 38 primary and secondary schools in Seberang Prai, Penang, collected 54,090kg of recyclables in the first Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MPSP 2017.
Amassed over six months from March 1 to Aug 31, the whopping haul of items included aluminium cans, plastic bottles, paper, Tetra Pak materials and more.
This achievement signalled that the campaign – organised by Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd and Seberang Prai Municipal Council – was a resounding success.
The campaign, also supported by the district Education office and Tetra Pak (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, was aimed at educating schoolchildren on the importance of recycling towards attaining a sustainable future while also instilling a love for nature.
At the prizegiving ceremony in Seberang Prai recently, Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd corporate affairs manager Cariessa Goh commended the students and their teachers for their hard work and determination.
“Many might think that children are too young to shape our environmental future.
“But children can create change by simply doing their part to conserve the environment.
“Every little bit counts and as adults, we should empower them to understand that as individuals, they have the power to contribute to a better world,” she said.
“Taking care of the world we live in is everyone’s responsibility and it is crucial to teach children good recycling habits so they will grow up to become environmental advocates,” she said.
Goh explained that the recycling campaign began 11 years ago in Shah Alam, Selangor, and was now extended to the northern region.
It emphasises a 5R philosophy – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink and Recreate.
“It is not easy to keep recycling fun and part of the daily routine but the students managed to rally together and motivate each other.
“They have outdone themselves and we are impressed with their teamwork and commitment,” she added.
Prize money totalling RM20,600 were awarded to the winning schools which had the highest number of recyclable materials collected per head.
SJK (C) Perkampungan Berapit came out tops in the primary school category, collecting 7.66kg of recyclable items per student.
The school was followed by SJK (C) Peng Bin with 6.44kg.
Coming in third was SJK (C) True Light with 6.42kg collected.
SABK Al Madrasah Al Khairiah led the pack in the secondary school category with 6.43kg of recyclable items.
SMK Kepala Batas collected 6.17kg to come in second and SMK Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah was third with 2.68kg per head.
There were also special awards for schools with the highest accumulated collection of aluminium, plastic and Tetra Pak materials.
SJK (C) Peng Bin and SMK Permai Indah collected the most aluminium with 190.2kg and 17.5kg respectively.
SJK (C) True Light and SMK Kepala Batas had the most plastic at 1,270kg and 1,355kg respectively.
Completing the winners' list for collecting the most Tetra Pak materials were SK Seberang Jaya 2 with 1,524kg and SMK Pokok Sena with 269kg.
Goh thanked all partners involved in making the campaign a success, and said Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd hoped to continue the initiative in coming years and perhaps also expand it to schools in other parts of Malaysia.