RM60,000 saved from recycling
Published: Fri, 12 Apr 2013
SHAH ALAM: A recycling competition among schools here has saved the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) about RM60,000 in landfill tipping fees last year.
Mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan said 23 schools in the city collected 68,451kg of recyclable material in total which takes a chunk off the council’s waste collection costs.
(From left) Goh, Mohd Jaafar, Mohtar and Roziah launching the competition at MBSA on April 10.
After launching this year’s recycling competition at the MBSA headquarters on April 10, Mohd Jaafar told reporters that the competition was to improve environmental awareness by starting them young.
“When it comes to civic-mindedness in our society, it’s often found wanting; if we want to educate people how to be more environmentally conscious, we need to target children,” said Mohd Jaafar.
The competition, organised by MBSA with F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd, began on April 10 and will end in July with winning schools to be selected from the most kg of recyclable material collected per capita. A total of RM22,000 in cash prizes will also be given out to winning schools in 22 categories.
Mohd Jaafar said the council will be providing recycling bins for the participating schools, which is expected to be more this year.
He hopes the annual competition, back for the seventh year, will help cultivate a more responsible, environmentally-aware, and cleaner society.
F&N Beverages Marketing corporate affairs manager Cariessa Goh said the soft drinks giant will be having road shows and exhibitions to promote the competition and winners get to keep proceeds generated by selling the recyclable material gathered.
Also present were Mohd Jaafar’s deputy Mohtar Hani and State Education Department representative Roziah Abdul Ghani.