Fraser & Neave Holdings Bhd and the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) are encouraging students to think out of the box in this year’s Kempen Kitar Semula F&N & MBSA.
The 11th edition of the annual inter-school recycling campaign was launched by Shah Alam mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin at Wisma MBSA, Shah Alam.
Ahmad said he was looking forward to seeing the creations of the students.
“Last year, we introduced the recycling corner contest. This year, students can use their creativity to bring innovative ideas to life with the use of recycling items.
“The amount of recyclable items collected from this campaign has been steadily rising.
“In 2016, 121,321kg was collected compared to 2015 when the total collection was 118,545,” he said.
F&N corporate affairs manager Cariessa Goh said it is crucial to instil the habit of recycling in children from a young age.
“Early exposure is important to nurture the recycling culture not only in school, but also at home.
“Based on the large amount of recyclable items collected last year, the students have proven that the young generation is more than capable of having a huge impact on the green movement,” she said.
Held annually since 2007, the campaign aims to promote environment preservation among schoolchildren and imbue a recycling culture, following the 5R philosophy of reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink and reinvent.
This year’s competition will see the participation of five preschools, 16 primary schools and 15 secondary schools in Shah Alam.
Each school involved will be required to collect recyclable items such as paper, aluminium and plastic from March 1 to Aug 31.
The campaign, supported by the Selangor Education Department and Tetra Pak Malaysia, challenges kindergartens, primary and secondary schools to collect recyclable materials such as aluminium, plastic, and paper to win rewards worth RM23,100.
Primary and secondary schools stand to win the grand prize of RM2,000 for the highest average score of recyclable items collected per student at the end of the campaign.
The second prize is RM1,700 each while third placed winners receive RM1,500 each. Fourth and fifth place winners earn RM1,200 and RM1,000 respectively each for their efforts.
Sixth and seventh placements will receive a consolation prize of RM400 each.
Winners for the kindergarten category will receive RM500 as the grand prize, while first and second runners-up will be awarded RM400 and RM300 respectively.
Fourth to seventh placements will each receive a consolation prize of RM100.
Three special awards are also up for grabs for the most aluminium, plastic and Tetra Pak materials accumulated.
Winners from primary and secondary schools stand to win RM700 while kindergartens will receive RM300 for each special award category.