BEVERAGE producer Fraser & Neave Holdings Berhad (F&N) is organising a ‘collecting recyclables competition’ for schools in Seberang Prai.
The contest is offering cash prizes amounting to RM26,860.
It is jointly organised by Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP), with support from Penang Education Department, Penang Department of Environment (DoE) and Tetra Pak (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and is ongoing from Jan 1 till Sept 30 this year.
F&N corporate affairs manager Cariessa Goh Geak Hwa said the event, held for the second year, was part of their commitment towards instilling good recycling habit among schoolchildren.
Last year, 54,090kg of recyclables were collected.
“The competition this year will also be open to preschools as we want to attract more participants.
“We want to engage the students and teachers, and promote the importance of recycling and environmental preservation among children from a young age,” said Goh at the launch of the recycling competition at the MPSP headquarters in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam recently.
The event was launched by MPSP president Datuk Rozali Mohamud.
Also present were Tetra Pak (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd key account manager C.S. Quek and Penang DoE senior assistant director Suffian Julmohamad.
Goh said the schools were required to collect recyclables like aluminium products, plastics, paper, Tetra Pak carton packages and e-waste such as television sets, computers, mobile phones, rice cookers, hair dryers, toasters, speakers and vacuum cleaners.
She said they also introduced a ‘Recycling Corner’ competition for the primary and secondary school categories this year.
“The new competition will challenge schools to think outside the box.
“They have to explore unique and creative ways to ‘rethink’ and ‘recreate’ waste materials into something useful.
“Tetra Pak (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is also sponsoring a competition for the most creative design using Tetra Pak carton packages,” she said.
The champion of primary and secondary school categories will each receive RM1,400.
They will be judged on the amount of recyclable materials collected per head.
The second to fifth prizes for both categories are RM1,300, RM1,200, RM1,100 and RM1,000 respectively, while schools in the sixth to 10th spots will receive RM300 each.
The top three winners in the pre-school category will take home RM500, RM400 and RM300 respectively.
Schools in the fourth to 10th spots will get RM80 each.
Eight special awards worth RM700 each (four each for primary and secondary schools) will be given to schools which collected the most aluminium, plastic, Tetra Pak carton packages and e-waste.
Three special awards worth RM300 each are up for grabs in the pre-school category for the largest amount of aluminium, plastic and Tetra Pak carton packages collected.
For the ‘Recycling Corner’ competition, the top three winners in both primary and secondary categories will take home RM800, RM600 and RM400.
Rozali, in his speech, urged the public to embrace recycling as part of their daily routine.
“Let us become environmental game changers to ensure the environment is cleaner, greener, safer and healthier.
“We must maximise recycling and minimise residues.
“We must make sure each item produced can be reused, repaired, recycled and decomposed,” said Rozali.
He said the MPSP was targeting to achieve 70% in recycling rate by 2022.
“I am confident of achieving the goal as Seberang Prai folk have shown high commitment in council programmes,” he said.
He said that last year, 24 secondary and 41 primary schools took part in the recycling activity.
“I hope the number of schools in the campaign and the amount of recyclables collected will increase,” he said.