STUDENTS from 16 schools in Ampang Jaya learned about recycling in the F&N and MPAJ 2018 Recycling Campaign.
The campaign was organised for the first time by Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&NN) and Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) with the support of Tetra Pak (M) Sdn Bhd.
The seven-month campaign successfully collected 29,357kg of recyclables, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the students from participating schools, guided by their teachers.
Ten primary and six secondary schools battled it out to collect the biggest haul of recyclable items per student.
During the campaign, students learned what makes certain types of waste recyclable and why others need to be thrown into the rubbish bin, based on the 4R (rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle) philosophy.
The campaign enabled students to practise what they had learned and share their knowledge with others.
“The campaign provided a platform for the students to contribute to a clean and green environment, while raising awareness about the importance of recycling,” said F&N corporate affairs manager Cariessa Goh.
“The impressive collection shows the students’ interest in recycling, which can help reduce the volume of rubbish in Ampang Jaya.
“We strongly believe that them started on recycling early, they will continue to practise the good habit and become the next generation of eco warriors who are passionate about making positive contributions to environmental preservation,” she said.
SMK Dato’ Ahmad Razali took first place in the secondary school category and won RM1,000.
SMK Tasik Permai took second spot and won RM800, while SMK Taman Melawati placed third and won RM600.
SJK(T) Taman Melawati was crowned champion of the primary school category and took home RM1,000.
SK Tasek Permai clinched second place and won RM800, while third spot and a RM600 prize went to SK Cheras Indah.
Special awards went to the schools with the highest accumulated amount of aluminium, plastics and beverage cartons.
Winners of the special awards took home a cash prize of RM700 each.
SMK Taman Melawati swept all three special awards in the secondary school category.
The special awards in the primary school category went to SJK(C) Kampung Baru Ampang (aluminium and plastic materials) and SK Taman Melawati (beverage cartons).MPAJ deputy president Hasrolnizam Shaari praised the campaign.
“Approximately 40% of residents under the jurisdiction of MPAJ are students, which is equivalent to about 800,000 people.
“This campaign helps to educate them to value the environment in the long run.
“The younger generation’s small acts can go a long way to help MPAJ achieve its Low Carbon City 2017-2030 goal,” he said.