Giving glass a second life

Newton (left), Mohd Munir (second from left) and Mohd Norlisam (right) with officials from MBJB, Johor Education Department and SWCorp Johor at the launch of the programme at Johor Tourism Information Centre.

THIRTY primary schools in Johor will be collecting glass bottles to win RM23,000 worth of prizes in a recycling programme by SWM Environment Sdn Bhd.

The concessionaire’s corporate general manager Mohd Norlisam Mohd Nordin said the competition dubbed “Jom Kitar Semula Botol Kaca” would involve more than 30,000 schoolchildren.

“The programme starts this month and will run until January next year with the aim of collecting about 10 tonnes of glass bottles to be recycled.

“This is part of our KITARecycle initiative and this time, we wanted to give schools a chance to earn some income while recycling,” he said after the programme’s launch at Johor Tourism Information Centre in Johor Baru.

Mohd Norlisam revealed that SWM Environment had collected 41 tonnes of glass bottles last year and 33 tonnes as of August this year in Johor.

“Recycling programmes usually involve plastic, paper and aluminium so this time, we wanted to focus on reducing glass waste,” he said.

The competition is held with the cooperation of Johor Education Department, Johor Baru City Council and glass bottle manufacturer O-I BJC Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

O-I BJC general manager Jeffery Newton said the recycling process is quite simple.

Glass bottles just have to go through a decontamination process before they could be used again.

Johor Education Department assistant director (Learning) Dr Mohd Munir Baharom said the programme would help turn the children into mini ambassadors for sustainability.

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