Lessons in recycling yield results

(From left) Ong, Mohd Zulkurnain and Goh with the first-prize winners in the primary and secondary school categories of the annual campaign.

SCHOOLCHILDREN’S enthusiasm for recycling was evident when an annual competition co-organised by Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) saw a significant increase in participation and the total recyclables collected.

Forty-seven schools participated and collected 78,546kg of recyclable materials during the campaign from March 1 to Aug 30.

The campaign was co-organised by Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&N) with support from Tetra Pak (M) Sdn Bhd.

“Last year, 29 schools took part and collected only 18,328kg, ” said F&N corporate affairs manager Cariessa Goh at the prize-giving ceremony.

“This campaign is aimed at creating awareness of the 5R philosophy – reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink and reinvent.

“We hope to shape the attitudes of schoolchildren to be environmentally aware, ” Goh added.

MPSJ president Noraini Roslan lauded the campaign as a good collaboration between the public and private sector.

“We want to achieve zero waste as MPSJ has joined the United Nations Waste Wise Cities campaign.

“We aim to achieve sustainable development, ” she said in her speech.

A total of RM14,800 in cash prizes were given to schools with the highest participation.

SK Bandar Puchong (1) was crowned champion in the primary school category with an average collection of 8.27kg per pupil.

SMK USJ 12 was the top secondary school with an average collection of 3.48kg per student.

Both schools received RM1,000 cash each.

Special awards for primary schools included SJK(C) Han Ming for most aluminium recyclable items, SK Puchong Utama (2) (most plastic recyclable items, SJK(C) Ladang Harcroft (most beverage carton recyclable items) and SK Pusat Bandar Puchong (1) (most e-waste recyclable items).

SMK Seri Serdang took top honours for the most aluminium recyclable items, SMK USJ 12 (most plastic recyclable items), SMK USJ 13 (most beverage carton recyclable items) and SMK USJ 8 (most e-waste recyclable items) took home special prizes for secondary schools.

Each school received RM700 except for the e-waste recyclable items category winners which got RM500.

The recycled 3D poster design competition winner for primary schools went to SK Puchong Utama (2), SK USJ 12 and SK Puchong Utama (1) which took home RM800, RM600 and RM400, respectively.

The secondary school champions were SMK Seri Serdang, SMK Bandar Puchong Jaya (B) and

SMK Subang Jaya, which received RM800, RM600 and RM400, respectively.

Also present were MPSJ deputy president Mohd Zulkurnain Che Ali and Tetra Pak Malaysia marketing manager Sharon Ong.

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