KUHCING – SJKCH Pangkalan Baru recently became the latest school to take part in the joint recycling programme introduced by Trienekens and Padawan Municipal Council (MPP). The project aimed to educate best practices in solid waste management and segregation as well as to boost recycling awareness among the school children.
In his officiating speech, MPP Deputy Chairman Cr. Dato Ahmad bin Dato’ Sri Ibrahim said that the Council’s focus was to raise public awareness about the importance of proper management of solid waste.
“With the increase in population, development, infrastructure and economic activities, the volume of wastes will also increase,” said Dato’ Ahmad. “Therefore, there are many approaches we can take collectively to achieve a satisfactory level of cleanliness including increasing the current recycling rate. We need to change our mindset and start teaching our children to recycle from home and school to ensure the sustainability of environment remain intact for the future generation.”
Trienekens’ Group General Manager for Finance and HR, Tan Show Boon also spoke at the event and further explained that the programme is in line with the Company’s own effort to provide a platform where best practices in solid waste management and recycling can be introduced and incorporated into the school’s learning environment.
“Awareness and education is key in changing attitudes and behaviours,” said Tan. “One of the ways we can improve our living quality is by disposing of our wastes responsibly – refrain from illegal dumping and littering in public places. Use the bins provided and start the good habits of recycling both at home and schools.”
Tan thanked MPP and the school for their great support and commitment in ensuring the success of the programme. She hoped that such an effective collaboration shall continue to progress in the coming years.
At the ceremony, Dato’ Ahmad and Tan subsequently handed over a set of recycling bins and recycling posters to the school. Under the joint programme, several environment-related activities were carried out such as waste separation practices and scheduled collection of recyclables, awareness talk, Amazing Green Race game, inter-class most collected recyclables contest, colouring, poster design and eco-fashion competitions as well as other green initiatives for the school.