MORE than 58 schools in Perlis collected over 37 tonnes (37,000kg) of recyclable materials in the first Perlis Recycling Campaign 2018.
The schools took up the challenge to advocate best recycling practices during the campaign co-organised by Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&N), Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) in Perlis, with the state Education Department and the support of state National Unity and Integration Department.
Held from Jan 1 to July 31, the campaign was aimed at educating and generating awareness on the importance of applying the 5R philosophy of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink and Reinvent in conserving the environment and reducing landfill waste.
Sixteen pre-schools, 28 primary schools and 14 secondary schools statewide participated in the campaign, with students competing for RM22,860 in prize money by accumulating the largest haul of recyclable materials, such as paper, plastic, aluminium, beverage cartons and e-waste.
Speaking at the campaign’s closing and prize presentation ceremony, F&N chairman Tengku Syed Badarudin Jamalullail said children are the best hope for nature conservation and emphasised the importance of instilling good recycling habits in them to ensure that they bring these habits into adulthood and help shape a more sustainable future for future generations.
“The campaign not only spurred students to practise recycling based on the 5R philosophy but it also encouraged pre-schoolers to learn from an early age.
“We are confident that the campaign has helped empower students to understand that they have the potential to change the world to be better,” he said.
Tengku Syed Badarudin hoped that the campaign will turn students into passionate environmental heroes, committed to preserving the environment.
SM Sanglang topped the secondary school category with an average collection of 9.6kg per student and took home the cash prize of RM1,400.
Second place went to Kolej Vokasional Arau. The school received RM1,300 with an average of 3.7kg per student, and SM Beseri went home with a cash prize of RM1,200 for taking the third spot with 3.6kg per student.
SM Sanglang recycling programme head Hayati Ahmad said the school had high hopes of winning the secondary school category as they worked closely together with students, parents and the surrounding community to collect a huge amount of recyclable materials.
“Every week, we went to places such as homestays and beaches to collect recyclable items. Students not only practise recycling in their daily lives but also learn to keep their surroundings clean.
“With this win, we look forward to greater success next year!” Hayati said.
SRJK Tamil was crowned the champion of the primary school category after collecting an average of 9.5kg per student and won a cash prize of RM1,400.
Second place went to SK Jejawi with an average collection of 5.7kg per student, winning a cash prize of RM1,300.
Third-place winner, SK Agama Islahiyah Rendah took home a cash prize of RM1,200 after accumulating 5.4kg per student.
In the pre-school category, Tadika Cempakawali won first place with an average collection of 8.4kg per student and received RM500.
Tadika Rafflesia collected 7.6kg per student and won RM400, while Tadika Cempaka emerged as third place winner with an average collection of 6.4kg per student and went home with RM300.
Special awards were given to schools with the highest accumulation of aluminium and plastic materials.
SM Syed Alwi received RM700 for collecting 28kg of aluminium scrap.
SK Agama Islahiyah Rendah was declared the winner of the primary school category with a collection of 25kg of aluminium scrap and won RM700.
Tadika Cempaka accumulated 24kg of aluminium to lead the pre-school category and won RM300.
SM Sanglang won the special award for the highest collection of plastics in the secondary school category after accumulating 381kg of plastics, bringing home RM700.
It was a double win for SK Agama Islahiyah Rendah as they won the plastic collection award in the primary school category after collecting 409kg. The school took home RM700.
Tadika Cempaka won the plastic collection award after collecting 101kg in the pre-school category. The pre-school received RM300.
Also present at the ceremony were SWCorp director Mohd Hidy Md Dzahir, state Education Department human development head Sharudin Mahmud, and National Unity and Integration Department director Mohd Rosli Alias.