The Jakarta Post
Up to 550 elementary school students of private elementary school SD Tarakanita 5 in Rawamangun, East Jakarta, broke the Indonesian Museum of Records (MURI) by producing 1,161 sheets of recycled paper on Saturday.
SD Tarakanita 5 headmaster Paula Rulliati said the students started the recycling process by soaking the paper in water for a whole day.
“The papers are soaked for a day and then blended until they become pulpy and soft,” Paula said on Saturday as quoted by kompas.com.
The blended paper pulp is then mixed with glue.
“We use glue mixed with sago flour so that the recycled paper will not tear easily. And we color them too,” Paula said.
She said the students used natural coloring agents, such as secang (sappanwood) tree bark for red and suji (dracaena) leaves for green.
“And then we add water. A half a kilogram of papers can be recycled into 120 sheets of papers using 38 liters of water. Then, each recycled paper must be put out to dry,” Paula said.
The recycled paper then can be used for greeting cards or turned into pencil cases.
Paula said that initially, the school wanted to make only 1,000 sheets of recycled paper but the end result was 1,161 sheets of recycled paper made by 550 students.
Jakarta Environment Agency head Isnawa Adji, who attended the event, applauded the students’ recycling efforts.
“These school kids are great, reducing their own paper waste and recycling it to be used again,” Isnawa said.
He added that he hoped to see other schools and more Jakartans conducting similar activities. (ami)