TO encourage more schools to participate in a recycling competition held as part of the F&N Beverages School Level Recycling Campaign, F&N will be increasing its rewards for winners.
F&N external affairs manager Wan Nor Azira Mazlan said the campaign was aimed at promoting environment awareness among the younger generation.
The four-month campaign will be held from Wednesday to Aug 14 and the competition will be ongoing throughout the campaign.
The competition will see three categories - primary, secondary and preschool.
“This year, the winners of the primary and secondary school categories will take home RM1,400 each,” Wan Nor Azira said at the launch of the competition in Komtar in Penang on Wednesday.
“As for the first and second runners-up, they will receive RM1,300 and RM1,200 respectively.
“This is an increase of RM100, RM200 and RM300 for the first, second and third placing respectively from the previous year.”
She said the top three prizes in the preschool category had been increased to RM500, RM400 and RM300 this year and that consolation prizes would also be given.
The competition challenges participating schools to collect the most amount of recyclable materials such as aluminium, plastic, paper and e-waste.
“In the past three years, the campaign has successfully reached out to students, teachers and parents in inculcating the 4R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rethink) philosophy,” she said.
“Since 2012 when the contest was introduced, participants have collected close to 200,000kg of recyclable materials,” she said.
Wan Nor Azira also said there would be four special awards this year for primary or secondary schools which collected the most aluminium, plastic, e-waste and Tetra Pak materials.
“The prize will be RM700 in each category.
“The preschools also have the chance to participate in three special awards categories for aluminium, plastic and Tetra Pak materials.
“The winners in each category will receive RM300 for the most amount collected,” she said.
The campaign is jointly organised by the F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd and the Penang Island City Council.
Council secretary Ang Aing Thye launched the campaign and lauded F&N for its effort to teach the young to care for the environment.
The campaign is also supported by the state Education Department and Tetra Pak (M) Sdn Bhd.