Incredible Feat by Young Recycling Champions
Posted on 20 October 2014

36 schools raise over 80,000kg of recyclables in the Kempen Kitar Semula F&N Beverages & MBSA 2014

Shah Alam – Proving that age is just a number, students from 36 schools in the city are making big strides in recycling with a tremendous haul of 80, 276.6kg of recyclables in the Kempen Kitar Semula organised by F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd and the Shah Alam Municipal Council (MBSA).

The three-month campaign which ended in July, saw the participation of 7 kindergartens, 14 primary schools and 15 secondary schools, each vying for the coveted title and a share of rewards, awarded to winners with the highest recyclable material collected per head in each school.

With the support of the Selangor State Education Office and Tetra Pak (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, the campaign challenged schools to collect items such as aluminum cans, plastic bottles, paper and even Tetra Pak cartons. Two Special Awards were also given out to the school, regardless of category, which accumulated the most aluminum and plastic recyclable items. Special awards were also offered to all categories for the highest Tetra Pak materials collected.

Leading the race, SMK Bukit Jelutong, bagged the title in the secondary schools category for second time running with an outstanding margin over other competing schools. The school also took home two Special Awards for the highest amount of plastic collected amongst all schools, as well as the highest Tetra Pak materials gathered within the secondary school category. Second placing was awarded to SMK Seksyen 7, which also brings home the Special Award for highest amount of aluminum,  and SMK Seksyen 19 falls into the third placing.

In the primary school category, first-time winners SK HICOM snagged the crown from SK TTDI Jaya who fell to second place after winning the last five competitions consecutively. Third place was awarded to SK Seksyen 17.

Earning top honours in the kindergarten category was Tadika Seri Kurnia while the runner-up spot was awarded to Tadika Pintar Soleh and Pra Sekolah TUDM Subang clinched third place.

Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, Cariessa Goh, Corporate Affair Manager of F&N Beverages commended all schools for their tremendous effort. She also acknowledged the significant role of students and teachers in the campaign.

“It is often said that if you want to change the world you have to inspire young people. Therefore, we believe that students are a powerful force to drive the 4R message of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink, which are the core principles of our campaign. Each year, the exemplary effort shown by participating schools, inspire many other institutions to join in this city-wide green movement, spreading the 4R message not only among students and teachers but within their families as well.

“Teachers too have been a great inspiration. Their dedication to educate and create a recycling culture among the students has certainly given this campaign a boost. We are encouraged to know that several schools have dedicated special rooms for recycling and organise on-going recycling programs throughout the school year. Even our youngest participants from the kindergarten category are beginning to learn about recycling thanks to the special lessons prepared by their teachers,” she said.

In an effort to expand its campaign, F&N Beverages introduced a new category this year, dedicated to kindergartens across Shah Alam. The new inclusion has sparked greater awareness of recycling amongst kindergarten-goers with the support from teachers and parents. This year’s competition also offered new awards for the most Tetra Pak materials collected, courtesy of Tetra Pak Malaysia.

The Shah Alam Deputy Mayor, Tuan Mohtar bin Hani, was present to hand out the prizes alongside Madam Cariessa Goh and Tetra Pak Malaysia Environment Manager, Ms Manjula Murugesan to representatives from winning schools.

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