On track to becoming an eco-school

By JADE CHAN jade@thestar.com.my Photos by M. RAJAN

SK SRI KELANA (SKSK) in SS5, Petaling Jaya, has built a name for itself as a primary school that actively promotes environmental awareness with its green programmes, and has earned numerous accolades for its efforts.

Making recycling fun: SK Sri Kelana Smart Ranger has a Tetra Pak packaging redemption mechanism, which allows pupils to exchange a certain number of packaging for stationery, packet drinks or magazines.

It is the first Malaysian school to pioneer the Smart (Start Managing All Resources Today) Ranger, an environmental education programme initiated by the Global Environment Centre (GEC) as a platform to learn about solid waste management.

Maths teacher and Smart Ranger coordinator Ong Kien Eik said the club started off with activities like recycling collection, recycling competitions and awareness campaigns, which has since expanded to include rainwater harvesting, making organic compost and creating arts and crafts using recyclable materials.

“It took more than a year to get the recycling culture going in our school,” said the 40-year-old.

“We have a weekly schedule to collect recyclables like paper materials, aluminium cans and Tetra Pak packaging.

Article from http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2011/8/24/central/9029586&sec=central

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