Doubling green effort in school

Plants aplenty: Maimunah (in cream-coloured scarf) symbolically handing over the 540 potted plants to a school representative in Bukit Mertajam, Penang. With them are Beng Huat (red shirt) and teachers.

THE number of schools participating in the Seberang Prai Municipal Council’s (MPSP) Green School Award Compe-tition this year is expected to more than double that of last year.

MPSP president Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif said participation in the competition had consistently increased since it was introduced in 2010.

She expected 220 schools to take part this year compared to 106 last year, 84 in 2013, 53 in 2012, 36 in 2011 and 30 in 2010.

Maimunah said the increase in the number of participating schools showed that more students were becoming aware of and taking proactive action to protect the environment.

She was speaking at an event to give away flower pots to schools in Seberang Prai at the MPSP branch office in Jalan Betek in Bukit Mertajam recently.

Also present were Guppy Plastic Industries Sdn Bhd general manager Tan Teik Huat, MPSP Landscape Department head Shaqhrony Jamaluddin and several MPSP councillors.

Maimunah said Guppy Plastic, which has been sponsoring the flower pots for schools in Seberang Prai since 2013, would be giving away 540 flower pots to 36 schools which took part in the Green School Award Competition for the first time last year. Each school will receive 15 flower pots.

Maimunah said the company agreed to give the pots to all the schools participating in the competition this year.

She also said the schools which received flower pots in 2013 would get an additional 10 pots each this year provided the Green School Award jury certified that they had carried out their greenery and cleanliness programmes satisfactorily.

“I believe that the level of cleanliness in Seberang Prai will further improve because the students will not only carry out green practices in their schools but also in their daily life,” Maimunah added.

She said the participating schools would be judged on 10 criteria.

They are 3R practice (recycle, reuse and reduce), reusing food waste, reusing cooking oil, using environmentally friendly cleaning products, cutting down the usage of plastic bags, planting trees, conserving water, saving electricity, cleanliness in school areas and other creative and innovative activities.

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