GO GREEN and be awarded for it by participating in the recycling competition (PerKISS 2015) by the Solid Waste and Public Cleanliness Management Board (SWCorp).
The competition, organised with the cooperation of the Education Ministry, is open to primary and secondary schools. Schools are also encouraged to set up recycling clubs.
Teachers were briefed on the details of the competition at the “Go Green Selangor 2015! Let’s Start 3R” event at the Bukit Jelutong hall in Shah Alam.
It was attended by representatives from the PJ Utama, Petaling Perdana and Klang District Education Offices, as well as principals and teachers from various schools.
It was the first time SWCorp organised a briefing about the recycling competition for schools and the setting up of recycling clubs in schools.
Its chief executive officer Datuk Ab Rahim Md Noor said there were over 10,000 schools nationwide but only 2,065 had recycling clubs.
“I hope those that have yet to set up the club would do so, so that we can increase our recycling rate from 10.5% (data as of 2012) to 22% by 2020.
“By organising this competition, we not only encourage the practice of recycling but also produce students who are creative, innovative, competitive, and have critical thinking skills,” he said.
He added that 1,700 schools participated in last year’s inaugural competition and targeted 3,000 to take part this year.
Training modules for recycling clubs was distributed to teachers.
“We should start educating the next generation from an early age about the importance of caring for the environment and the 3R practices.
“Hopefully students can use theories of 3R and put it to good use in their daily life,” he said.
SMK Bukit Jelutong, one of the schools invited to the briefing, had won several recycling competitions organised by the Shah Alam City Council.
School principal Aishah Sidan said the recycling concept was taught during moral and civic classes and was further emphasised during excursions. “We hope to win at PerKISS 2015,” she said.
SWCorp will have road tours at state education departments and district education offices to brief teachers nationwide about the contest and to encourage the forming of the said club.
For details, visit www.swcorp.my