BENTONG: Some 200 primary and secondary students on Tuesday joined the “Love Our Earth” programme which taught them about recycling and other factors that could impact their well-being on Earth.
Held at the Bentong Chinese Town Hall here on Tuesday, the event also provided tips on reducing, reusing and recycling waste at home.
The students were separated into several groups where facilitators shared with them the do’s and don’ts of recycling. Some students creatively decorated empty plastic bottles while others turned tissue boxes into gift boxes and used old newspaper to make handicraft.
Form Two student R. Tachaini found the event enjoyable as she neatly cut and folded old plastic bags into a corsage.
The 14-year-old said that from a distance, the flowers looked like real ones when pinned on shirts.
“It is cheap but looks great. Sadly, many people prefer to buy corsage’s with real flowers and later throw them away.
“This programme has been an eye-opener as we are reminded to cultivate the recycling habit at home. I notice there are many things which can be recycled.”
Programme coordinator Dr James Ho said the first event in the district was aimed at introducing the recycling habit do schoolchildren.
“Since they are young, they will catch on fast and try to implement it in their daily lives.
“The secondary school students were taught to make handicraft from recycled items while the younger ones were allowed to take part in environment-related games.”
He said the programme would be expanded to other schools here which would also be encouraged to set up the eco-society and recycling club.
The main organiser for the programme is Green and Blue group, a non-governmental organisation led by a group of post-graduate students and undergraduates who are passionate about the environment.