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Community's green initiative bears fruits

A new three-month initiative, "Recycling Helps @ South East 2011", collected 3,470 kilogrammes of recyclables.

Community's green initiative bears fruits

(Photo illustration) Recycling bins

SINGAPORE: A new three-month initiative, "Recycling Helps @ South East 2011", collected 3,470 kilogrammes of recyclables.

The effort by South East Community Development Council started in August 2011, involving 11 schools in the South East District.

Their schools have "Green Bank" machines in the canteens.

Developed by students from the Institute of Technical Education, these machines are used to collect used plastic bottles and cans for recycling.

Students simply need to drop their recyclables into the machine, which will crush and tabulate the amount of recyclables collected.

They collected a total of about 20,000 bottles and aluminium cans.

This earned them food hampers, which will be given to about 800 elderly needy in the district.

Member of Parliament for Mountbatten Lim Biow Chuan on Monday joined school representatives at St Hilda's Community Services Centre, to distribute hampers to 80 needy elderly from the Community Outreach Programme for the Elderly (COPE) teams in the district.

Source: CNA/wk

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