KOTA KINABALU: Four schools in Labuan are vying to become the best in waste management in Be Green 2023, a social impact programme from PETRONAS’ petrochemical arm, PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG).
The schools are SMK Labuan, SMK Taman Perumahan Bedaun, SM St Anne and SM St Anthony.
Each school will be represented by 10 students from Form Four and Form Five who will be competing in three categories: most waste collected, most innovative products from recyclable waste, and best videos of school sustainability activities.
The Be Green programme is carried out by PETRONAS Chemicals Methanol Sdn Bhd (PC Methanol), a subsidiary of PCG, in collaboration with the Labuan Corporation, Labuan Environment Department and Labuan Education Department.
The waste management competition was announced during the Be Green 2023 programme launch by Labuan Corporation chief executive officer Rithuan Mohd Ismail on Aug 22.
Also present were Labuan Corporation deputy chairman Simsudin Sidek and PETRONAS Sabah and Labuan head Siti Ayu Abdul Wahab.
PC Methanol chief executive officer Hiffani Mohd Jalil said while plastics were essential in the people’s daily lives, more Malaysians should also have the know-how on responsible plastic waste management.
“This is why we are thrilled to bring our Be Green programme to the students in Labuan, where we can equip them with the right knowledge and empower them to drive change at a young age,” he said in a statement on Friday (Sept 8).
The programme will conclude on Oct 22 with the announcement of the winners, followed by a beach cleaning activity with participating students and teachers.
Established in 2013, Be Green is one of PCG’s flagship social impact programmes that aims to create positive impacts on society through education and collaborative recycling activities.
Participants will also be taught the Plastic, Sustainability and You Education (PSYE) module which focuses on responsible plastics management and the importance of plastics circularity.
The module, developed by PCG in collaboration with the Education Ministry and other partners in 2019, has been distributed to over 10,000 primary and secondary schools nationwide.
As part of the engagement, the module will be shared to all four schools and taught to the students.
PCG promotes responsible waste management and 3R (reduce, reuse, and recycle) through engagements with schools and surrounding local communities in PCG’s areas of operation.
This programme is also in support of PETRONAS’ social impact activation efforts on the environment (Planting Tomorrow) through engagements with local communities and minimising environmental impact.