Johor Baru, 13 February 2023

The Let’s Recycle Glass Bottles contest is expected to become an annual programme by SWM Environment Sdn Bhd, after participants managed to collect 24 tonnes of glass bottles this year.

The concessionaire’s corporate general manager Mohd Norlisam Mohd Nordin said the programme started back in September last year and ended in January.

"Our initial target was to collect about 10 tonnes of glass bottles to be recycled, but somehow, due to the positive response, the participants managed to collect 24 tonnes, which is more than double.

"We hope that we would be able to continue this programme this year and increase the target to between 25 and 30 tonnes," he said when met by reporters after the contest closing ceremony at the Johor Tourism Information Centre, here, on Monday (Feb 13).

The contest was won by SJKC Chung Hwa, Pontian, with 4,646kg of glass bottles collected, followed by SJKC Ping Min, Kluang, with 3,101kg, and SK Sri Mendapat, Batu Pahat, with 2,968kg.

Meanwhile, SJKC Chung Hwa principal Ong Chiew Ai said that her school will continue to organise the recycling programme even though the competition has ended.

"The programme was well received not only by the students but by their parents as well, who have cooperated closely with the teachers by sending in the bottles that they manage to collect.

"It is also a good way to educate our children on the importance of taking care of our environment and how we can play our role through recycling activities,” she said.

SWM Environment has also given 3,000 recycling points to two schools, SK Penyabong in Mersing and SJKT Taman Tun Aminah in Taman Tun Aminah, for their efforts in attracting parents and non-governmental organisations to recycling activities.