Young Recycling Champs Sets New Record
|Posted on 11 September 2015|
72 schools rake in 96,576kg of recyclables in the Kempen Kitar Semula F&N Beverages & MBPP 2015
Penang – Like the adage, ‘practise makes perfect’, people should make recycling part of their daily routines to ensure that the 4R philosophy; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink, gains momentum and becomes second nature.
Reflecting this school of thought, F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd’s school-level recycling campaigns have made great strides throughout the years, growing year-on-year with the latest campaign breaking past records, collecting an impressive 96,576kg of recyclables.
Jointly organised with Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP), the state wide Kempen Kitar Semula F&N Beverages & MBPP 2015 saw students of 72 schools pull their weight to set a new record in the fourth instalment of the campaign.
Speaking at the campaign’s prize-giving ceremony, Ms Cariessa Goh, Corporate Affairs Manager of F&N Beverages commended the effort of students, teachers and parents in promoting the recycling culture.
“Although a child’s character is often shaped by his or her influence from home, yet we cannot deny that in the process of growing up there are other groups, such as peers and teachers, who play an important role in a child’s life. Our programme enables the involvement of all these influential groups, thus providing the best method to imbue an interest in recycling and foster a love for the environment among children.
As the interest for recycling assimilates in the minds of the children, it is our hope that this good habit will be carried into their adulthood. Children are our future leaders and more so, the next stewards of the Earth. Hence, it is important that they too soldier the preservation mission to ensure a greener and healthier environment. These children are our hope in bequeathing the culture of recycling to the next generation!” she added.
With the support of the Penang Education Department and Tetra Pak Malaysia, the school-level campaign drew a total of 11 pre-schools, 33 primary schools and 28 secondary schools. Cash prizes were awarded to winning schools with the highest recyclable material collected per head in each school.
The four-month campaign which ended on August 14,2015, required schools to collect the largest haul of items such as aluminum cans, plastic bottles, paper, e-waste materials and Tetra Pak cartons. Four special awards were also up for grabs for schools with the highest accumulated aluminum, plastic, e-waste and Tetra Pak materials collected.
In the pre-school category, Pra-Sekolah An-Nur of SK Batu Feringghi took the lead with 28.54kg of recyclable items collected per student. Hu Yew Seah Kindergarten retained its runner-up spot followed by Pra-Sekolah SK Bayan Lepas with 22.69kg and 17.14kg of recyclable items collected respectively.
SJK (C) Sum Min took over the reign in the primary school competition from SK Perempuan Island who won the top spot last year. The new champion recorded an impressive 82.91kg of recyclable items per student, surpassing its previous year’s record of 39.83kg. Second place went to SJK (C) Eng Chuan, with a contribution of 60.82kg while SJK (C) Hu Yew Seah came in third with a record collection of 49.89kg per student.
In the secondary school category, SMK Padang Polo took the crown once again, while SMK Agama (Lelaki) Al-Mashoor and SMJK Sacred Heart snatched the second and third place respectively from past winners; SMK Pendidikan Khas Persekutuan (P) and SMK Tanjong Bunga.
“Our green mission is far from over. With the support of the Penang Education Department and Tetra Pak Malaysia, we are making great strides in promoting sustainable recycling and eco-friendly values among the younger generation. This year, we saw a nine per cent jump in total recyclables collected to 96,576kg, setting a new record once again for the campaign. We are certainly overjoyed and would like to thank all our partners and participants for their cooperation and support,” said Cariessa.
This year’s campaign saw a total of RM20,460 worth of cash prizes offered to winners; a 13 per cent bump up compared to last year’s competition.
Also present at the Kempen Kitar Semula prize-giving ceremony was Yang Berbahagia Datuk Patahiyah Ismail, the Mayor of Penang, Encik Mohd Faisal Abu Bakar of the Penang Education Department, Ms Manjula Murugesan, Environment Manager, Tetra Pak Malaysia, State Exco Members, officers from MBPP, Pulau Pinang State District Education officials, teachers and students.