Top marks for recycling

Rozali (with cap) watching kids playing a card game made from recycled materials during the launch of the ‘Recycle For a Life Cycle 2020’ poster designing competition at SMK Berapit in Bukit Mertajam. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

SEBERANG Prai has made the state proud by achieving the highest recycling rate in the country last year.

Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the recycling rate stood at 51.64%, an increase of 4.48% from 47.16% in 2018.

He said this was a result of MBSP’s effort in making the city a low carbon city by 2022, neutral carbon city in 2030, and subsequently a zero carbon city in 2050.

“To achieve that goal, we have set our KPI to lower our carbon emission rate from eight tonnes of CO2 per capita to four tonnes of CO2 per capita,” he said in his opening speech during the launch of the ‘Recycle For A Life Cycle 2020’ poster design competition at SMK Berapit recently.

Rozali said the ‘Recycle For A Life Cycle 2020’ poster designing competition, which was co-organised by Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd (F&N) and MBSP, was conducted to educate the students about the importance of protecting the environment through recycling activities.

Goh (third left) listening to a comment from a participant of the SK Sungai Dua team    during the poster design competition.Goh (third left) listening to a comment from a participant of the SK Sungai Dua team during the poster design competition.

“It is vital to create awareness now because in the future, this group of students will become part of the adult society. Their education on environment should start early,” he said.

The one-day programme, which was supported by Tetra Pak (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, the state education department, recycling partners and NGOs, featured a plethora of fun and exciting activities for schoolchildren and their teachers on the various benefits of recycling.

The event also educated participants on the 5R philosophy of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink and Reinvent and how to incorporate them in their daily lives.

The main highlight of the event was the campaign’s first ever poster design which was based on the famed Master Chef competitive cooking television show.

F&N corporate affairs manager Cariessa Goh said the programme focused on hands-on and interactive activities revolving around environmental preservation that were both educational and fun.

“As an organisation that advocates environmental conservation, F&N is constantly striving to raise awareness on recycling and the 5R concepts as a whole, so that our efforts can have a positive impact on the environment as well as the community,” she said.

Schoolkids arranging some recyclable items on their competition piece.Schoolkids arranging some recyclable items on their competition piece.

In the poster design competition, SJK(C) Pai Teik emerged the winner followed by SK Guar Perahu in second place and SJK(C) Kim Sen in third place for the primary school category.

For the secondary school category, SMK Valdor came out first followed by SMK Taman Widuri in second place and SMK Berapit in third spot.

Winners for both categories took home cash prizes of RM500 while the second and third-placed teams received RM400 and RM300 respectively.

The winning teams will represent the state at the national level competition from June 10 to 12 at the Eco-Recycling Plant in Petaling Jaya.

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