Schools collect 96 tonnes of recyclable items in 3 months

Proud achievers: Patahiyah Ismail (wearing brown blazer) joining event organisers, sponsors and representatives of the first prize winners from preschool, primary school and secondary school categories at the prize presentation ceremony for the 4th Recycling Campaign at Komtar, Penang.

Jointly organised by F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd and Penang Island City Council (MBPP), the campaign which ended on Aug 14, saw students from 11 preschools, 33 primary schools and 28 secondary schools collect items such as aluminium cans, plastic bottles and papers.

For the campaign, the total weight of items collected per school is divided by the school’s student population, and the highest average weight recorded per student for each school wins the prize.

Emerging triumphant in the preschool category was SK Batu Ferringhi An-Nur Preschool which clinched the RM500 grand prize with 28.5kg recorded per student.

“We held a competition among the peers and the class with the highest collection would win a prize.

“This encouraged them to bring more recycled items to school,” said the preschool project coordinator Luqman Hakim Yaacob during the prize presentation ceremony in Komtar, George Town, recently.

In second and third place were Hu Yew Seah Kindergarten and SK Bayan Lepas Preschool with 22.7kg and 17.1kg, winning RM400 and RM300, respectively.

In the primary school category, the top three winners were SJK(C) Sum Min, SJK(C) Eng Chuan and SJK(C) Hu Yew Seah with a record of 82.9kg per student, 60.8kg and 49.9kg respectively.

SJK(C) Sum Min school representative Chee Kweei Wah, who was beaming with pride, said the competition encouraged students to practise the separation of waste at source.

Meanwhile, SMK Padang Polo claimed the grand prize for the secondary school category with 11.6kg, followed by SMK Agama (L) Al-Mashoor and SMJK Sacred Heart with 11.4kg and 6.2kg respectively.

Winners of the primary and secondary school categories took home RM1,400 each while the first and second runners-up received RM1,300 and RM1,200 respectively.

MBPP mayor Datuk Patahiyah Ismail said the amount collected this year was a 9% increase from last year’s 88 tonnes.

“The campaign is to give recognition to the schools that made the 5R (reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink and reinvent) programme a success,” she said.

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