THE newly installed roof at Tabika Kemas Nur Cahaya in Selangor serves a dual purpose — to cover the porch and storeroom areas while teaching children about recycling.
While it resembles zinc roofing, the corrugated roof sheets are actually made from used beverage cartons that were collected, recycled and processed.
“Tabika Kemas was badly affected when a thunderstorm hit Taman Kinrara on Nov 14, ” said Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han.
“More than 100 trees fell during the incident, including two that damaged the kindergarten’s porch and storeroom.
“Tetra Pak approached me after seeing photos I had posted of the incident.
“They offered to donate their unique roof tiles as a corporate social responsibility initiative to replace the kindergarten’s damaged roof.”
Ng, who visited the nursery in Section 4, Taman Kinrara in Puchong, to monitor repair works, said the roof also served as an educational tool.
“The roof offers something tangible so the children can better understand how recycling works.
“It teaches them the importance of recycling, ” he said.
The repair works took one week to complete and the labour cost was covered by Ng’s office.
Tetra Pak (M) Sdn Bhd sustainability director Terrynz Tan said 35 sheets of roof tiles made from recycled beverage cartons, valued at more than RM1,500, were used to replace the damaged roof.
“The tiles offer multiple benefits, as they are soundproof, waterproof and rust-proof, ” she said.
“Since the CAREton Project started 12 years ago, used beverage cartons have been used to build or replace roof tiles for Orang Asli homes by EPIC Homes, old folk’s homes, recycling centres as well as homes for the underprivileged.
“The project aims to give new life to beverage cartons and new hope to the community, ” she added.
Tabika Kemas Nur Cahaya chairman Sahrum Ismail said there were 30 children aged between five and six at the kindergarten.
“There is big demand for the kindergarten from residents who live in nearby flats, most of whom are from the B40 community, ” he said.
“Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the children came here five days a week to learn six subjects and were given two meals a day.
“The teachers now teach the children through WhatsApp and Google Classroom when lessons moved online due to the pandemic.” Since the children use the porch for assembly and outdoor activities, Sahrum said the new roof would make it more conducive and cooler for them when physical classes resume.
Petaling District Kemas officer Mohd Safri Tambong, who was also present, thanked Tetra Pak for the sponsorship and welcomed a possible collaboration to educate children at the 200 kindergartens and nurseries in the district on the importance and benefits of recycling.
Those who want to contribute to the CAREton Project can do so by dropping off used beverage cartons at various collection points under the CAREton Partners network in peninsular Malaysia and Sabah.
For details, visit www.recycle-easy.com.my
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