School exchanges plastic bottles for entry forms

JAKARTA: The student admissions committee at SMPN 1 Jogonalan junior high school in Klaten, Central Java, is requiring all applicants to bring in used plastic bottles in exchange for admissions packets.

“We want to instil the early habit of reducing plastic waste,” SMPN 1 Jogonalan principal Endah Sulistyo­wati said recently.

The school has long advocated reducing plastic waste, running the Plastic Diet programme that encouraged its students to minimise their daily use of plastics.

“At other schools, applicants are required to pay Rp5,000 (RM1.46) for the (admissions packet),” said Endah. At the school, the admissions packet could be had “for a used plastic bottle”.

She said that the collected bottles would be recycled into eco-bricks.

“We can use the bricks for building the school fence and other needs,” she said, adding that the school collected more than 500 used plastic bottles in only two days.

The school also bans its canteen from using plastic packaging.

“All students are obliged to bring reusable food containers to school,” said Endah.

Parents and students have welcomed the initiatives, saying that it should be replicated in other schools.

“This is better than paying Rp10,000 (RM2.93) for admission folders,” said Pratiwi, a parent. —The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network

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