SMART Ranger Programme aims to train school communities on proper Solid Waste Management (SWM) and to help them establish their own recycling and composting system. This is required to demonstrate that school action can make a difference and that it is not that difficult. The project can help to change the current situation because if it is successful, there will be a significant number of people who will be more knowledgeable and ready to tackle the SWM issue in Malaysia and change more and more mindsets.
This programme is seen as a platform for the students to learn about solid waste management (SWM). It aims to encourage recycling at school as well as to promote a zero-waste concept. The civic science concept under this programme means to bring thoughts about issues from the mind down to the heart, by giving the students the awareness, knowledge and most importantly, skill to take action on environmental matters.
SMART Ranger training involves theory and practical training in SWM. The training will be focusing on training the students and teachers as leader and trainers, so that they will be able to return to their respective schools and train the rest of their schoolmates as SMART Rangers. By doing this, it will give the students a feeling of ownership and responsibility towards the project, which will help to ensure its sustainability.
Students will be taught on the correct way of managing our resources through the Integrated Solid Waste Management concept, which involves acquiring the knowledge about the kinds of waste we produce and learning how to manage them properly through a comprehensive concept, 4R2C, which is Rethink, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Compost and Close the loop.
In addition, students will be exposed to the theory behind art of recycling – how to sort out recyclables, or make use of them, and the recycling process from collecting to selling especially used cooking oil. Other alternative actions as composting and garbage enzyme production will be thought as additional/alternative programmes to venture. After knowing, understanding the causes and effects of solid waste problem and what can be done, students will be encourage to initiate programmes or activities on how to establish a zero waste system at a school level. How to initiate a proposal and what is required.