Recycling Competition Heats Up
|Posted on 21 May 2013|
Schools Aim to Break Their Record in the Second "Pertandingan Kitar Semula Peringkat Sekolah F&N Beverages dan MPPP"
Pulau Pinang – The competition heats up amongst schools in Penang as they get closer to breaking their previous record in the second Pertandingan Kitar Semula Peringkat Sekolah F&N Beverages and Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang jointly organized by F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd and the Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP) with the support of Jabatan Pelajaran Pulau Pinang.
Teachers and students from SJK (C) Perempuan Cina (left) and SMK (P) Methodist (right) recycle
With one more month to go in the competition, the results are encouraging with thirthy-four (34) out of seventy-eight (78) schools participated collecting a total weightage of 16,727kg to date, which is 78% of last year’s total collection.
In the lead of the total competition and the primary school category is SJK (C) Hu Yew Seah with an impressive total collection of 3,149.5kg, while last year’s second runner up in the secondary school category, SMJK Sacred Heart is leading its category with a 1,957kg collection.
Reigning secondary school champions, SMK (P) Methodist is trailing in fourth place in the secondary school category, but will not give up their title without a fight and believes they can retain their title as they approach the finish line.
According to project teacher Mrs. Looi Lai Wah, SMK (P) Methodist has consistently participated in various green competitions and have been awarded either winner or runner-up in the Anugerah Sekolah Hijau and was the inaugural champions in the secondary school category of the Pertandingan Kitar Semula Peringkat Sekolah F&N Beverages dan MPPP last year.
A teacher and her students from SMK Tanjong Bunga practice recyling habit at school
Mrs. Looi believes that the school still has a strong chance of winning as she explains their strategy, “We set a target that every student should recycle a minimum of 5 kg of paper or 10 plastic bottles or 10 metal cans on each recycling day.”
The campaign ends in June and the organizers are optimistic that the schools will hauled in their best record yet.
Cariessa Goh, Corporate Affairs Manager of F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd shares, “Based on the schools’ progress, we are confident that the students stand a strong chance of beating their own record!”
“Recycling is one of the best and sustainable ways for us to have a positive impact on the world in which we live. We are excited to see that this contest has improved and increased the awareness on the importance of recycling among students,” Goh adds.
The campaign is divided into two categories - primary and secondary schools - and schools are required to collect recyclable items such as aluminium cans, plastic bottles and paper material. Schools in both categories stand a chance to win a share of the RM15,100 cash prizes based on the collection per head in each school.
Schools with the most weight of recyclable items, based on the collection per head, will win the grand prize of RM1,300. The second place will receive RM1,100 and the third place RM900. The fourth and fifth place will receive RM800 and RM700 respectively, while sixth to tenth place will receive RM600, RM500, RM400, RM300 and RM200 respectively.
Three Special Awards with a total prize of RM900 will also be given to the school, regardless of primary or secondary, which accumulates the most aluminium, plastic and e-waste recyclable items.
The new feature to this year’s campaign is the inclusion of e-waste, or electronic waste, also sees some schools collecting old computers and other electronic waste.
The e-waste category was introduced in this year’s competition to help educate the community that waste reduction is an existing issue which needs to be addressed and each individual can do their part by adopting the recycling habit which can help lessen their waste.
The Pertandingan Kitar Semula Peringkat Sekolah F&N Beverages dan MPPP is jointly organized by F&N Beverages and Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang in its effort to do its bit for the environment and with the support of the Jabatan Pelajaran Negeri Pulau Pinang (JPNPP) to educate schoolchildren on the importance of recycling.
The competition is organized concurrently with the Kempen Kitar Semula F&N Beverages dan MBSA in Shah Alam, Selangor which enters its seventh year and will culminate in August 2013.
ABOUT F&N BEVERAGES MARKETING SDN BHD
F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd and F&N Beverages Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (collectively F&N Beverages) form the soft drinks division of Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd. F&N Beverages is Malaysia’s largest soft drinks distributor and manufacturer and has a total workforce of about 1,400 employees in 23 offices throughout the country. The company operates five manufacturing plants nationwide, including a state-of-the-art facility at its headquarters in Shah Alam, Selangor. F&N Beverages distributes F&N products comprising 100PLUS, F&N Fun Flavours, SEASONS, myCola, Fruit Tree, Ice Mountain Mineral Water and F&N Cordials. In Malaysia, the company also distributes Red Bull products. For more information, please visit www.fnbm.com.my