YOUNG environmentalists collected more than 27,000kg of recyclables in the city’s first recycling campaign organised by Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&N HB) together with Petaling Jaya City Council.
The three-month campaign educated youth on how they can make the world a better place by recycling.
Eighty schools in Petaling Jaya were involved in fostering good recycling habits among students, based on the the 5R philosophy – Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Rethink and Reinvent.
A “5R Adventure” programme was foundational for students to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of inculcating good recycling habits daily.
“The programme’s mascot ‘R Boy’ played an active, fun role in encouraging these young children to practise the 5R concept.
“These children saw ‘R Boy’ as a role model who cares for the environment, motivating them to conserve the environment through recycling,” said F&N HB communication and corporate affairs head Karen Tan.
One of the recycling campaign’s main goals was to impact Petaling Jaya residents to conserve the environment through educating the younger generation.
“When children learn and practise recycling in school, they will apply the activity at home, involving their family in recycling,” said Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain during the prize-giving ceremony at MBPJ headquarters.
Students and teachers worked hard over the months to collect the most amount of recyclable materials with hopes of winning a share of the RM16,100 prize money.
Winners were picked based on the highest average number of recyclable materials per student from each school.
In the pre-school category, Tadika Manarul Islam won first-place cash prize of RM800 with 24.26kg per student of recyclables collected. The pre-school also won a special award for the most aluminum recyclable items in competition.
SK Sri Kelana won RM1000 cash in the primary school category with an average collection of 6.63kg per student.
In the secondary school category, SM Tropicana came in first with 1.5kg of collection per student, winning RM1,000.
Tadika Sinar Seminar was awarded the “most beverage carton recyclable items” title with 34kg and SJK(C) Puay Chai 2 won the most plastic recyclable items with 548kg throughout the campaign period.