Schools win big in Sibu, Sarikei recycling contest

SJK(C) Dung Sang teacher Annie Toh Yieng Yieng receiving one of the awards from Tiang.

SJK(C) Dung Sang’s 457 pupils and 36 teachers helped their school win two awards at Recycling Competition 2023 for schools in Sibu and Sarikei zones.

The school bagged special awards in the primary school category for collecting the most ewaste and most aluminium waste.

School headmaster Ting Suk Hee said everybody, including pupils, teachers, non-teaching staff and alumni, were involved in making the programme a success.

The school has its own Hari Kitar Semula or recycling day programme every month so pupils can send recyclables to be weighed and recorded before it is collected for recycling.

“The best contributors and classes would be rewarded.

“Our alumni were also involved by sending these items to the school,” said Ting.

On the total prize money of RM1,400, Ting said they would be buying presents for participants while keeping some for their recycling activity.

SJK(C) Ming Tak in Sarikei was the overall champion for the primary school category, winning RM1,000, followed by runner-up SJK(C) Chung Hien, Sarikei (RM800) and third-place winner SJK(C) Hang Kwong, Sibu (RM600).

For the secondary school category, SMK Tong Hua in Bintangor took first place (RM1,000), followed by second-place winner SMK Methodist (RM800) and third-placed SMK Tiong Hin (RM600), both in Sibu.

SMK Chung Hua in Sibu won the special award for the secondary school category.

For the Most Plastic Collected special award, the winner for the primary school category was Sibu’s SJK(C) Thian Hua with while SMK Methodist won for the secondary school category.

The event was launched by state Public Health, Housing and Local Government Deputy Minister Datuk Michael Tiang.

He said that a total of 80,800kg of recycled items were collected over a six-month period from July 1 to Dec 30, 2023, by 32 participating schools.

“The more schools that participate, the more impact we can bring to Sibu and Sarikei zones in reducing waste,” he said.

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