A TOTAL of 47 primary schools and 21 secondary schools have registered for the ‘School Recycling Awards 2015’.
Organised by the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) and Infitech Machinery Sdn Bhd, the contest which will end on Oct 31 hopes to raise awareness among students on the importance of recycling.
To win the contest, the winner should score at least 20,000 points, 10,000 points for second and 5,000 points for third.
MPSP president Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif said a point would be awarded for 1kg of paper and cardboard, three points for 1kg of plastic, three points for 1kg of steel and 10 points for 1kg of aluminium.
“We encourage students to collect around 3kg of recyclable items monthly each.
“Besides reducing wastage and ensuring a cleaner environment, they can also help their school to win outdoor exercise equipment,” she said during the launch of the contest.
Maimunah voiced her concerns over the low recycling rate of plastic materials, which indicated that most of them were disposed of.
Out of 234,805 tonnes of recyclable materials collected on the mainland last year, she said only 18,784 tonnes or 8% of it were plastic materials while paper and cardboard materials stood at 164,363 tonnes or 70%.
“Waste can be divided into three categories which are recyclable, non-recyclable and organic waste.
“Recyclable materials are collected to be sold, non-recyclable are supposed to be disposed of while organic waste will be turned into compost,” Maimunah said.
During the ceremony, eight students from SJK(C) True Light strutted their stuff in a fashion show featuring costumes made of recyclable materials such as cardboards and plastic wrappers.