Green scheme benefits all

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 August, 2008, 12:00am

With inflation pushing up the price of everything from stationery to books, parents are under a great financial burden.

Two schools have come up with a plan to lessen parents' pressure while helping to conserve the environment.

A scheme to recycle used uniforms among students has received an overwhelmingly positive response from students from Fresh Fish Traders' School and HK & Kowloon Kaifong Women's Association Sun Fong Chung College.

Children and teenagers grow quickly, especially during adolescence, which means uniforms are often discarded without much wear and tear.

Principal Ng Siu-ki of Sun Fong Chung College said the scheme could help parents save a lot of money at the start of the new academic term.

'Each student has to buy several uniforms before the term begins, including a tracksuit for PE lessons, winter coat, sweater and dresses for girls. The combined cost can be over HK$600 per student,' said Mr Ng.

Principal Leung Kee-cheong of Fresh Fish Traders' School said the programme was welcomed by students who mostly come from poorer households.

'The uniforms handed in were in good condition as most had only been used for one or two years. We asked students to wash the uniforms thoroughly before putting them in the collection box on campus. Students who need used uniforms can pick them up.

'We also have a washing machine at school where janitors will wash and dry anything with small stains.'

Fresh Fish Traders' School collected about 60 uniforms last year from their 300 students. More than 90 per cent of the uniforms were taken by students, with the remaining kept for emergency situations.

'Students who are unwell at school can change into a clean uniform. Also, those who enrol after the term starts won't have enough time to buy uniforms. The second-hand ones will come in handy,' said Mr Leung.