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COMMUNITY PROBLEM SOLVING PROJECT

Project A: E-Waste By students: Rohaini Haji Abu Bakar and Charles Lim Wei Siong Problems: The latest electronic product is often superseded by a more updated version within a matter of months, and becomes obsolete in a number of years. This creates a drive for customers to purchase more, newer products, and for electronics companies to continue producing them in vast quantities. Electronic goods, such as computers, monitors, televisions, video players, mobile phones, CDs, tapes, and discs, end up in a number of places. They may accumulate in homes and stores, adding clutter and consuming space. Eventually they may be thrown out with regular household waste and end up at landfills where they resist degradation and cause a permanent scar on the face of the environment. Many components of electronic goods that are not recycled are actually re-usable, and are untapped sources that many are unaware of. However, recycling facilities are not available at most residential and commercial areas. Members of the public are ignorant of the fact that electronic waste is an environmental concern and that it is hazardous to both people and environment.

Figure 1. Dumping of e-waste.

Figure 2. Landfill at Sungai Akar.

COMMUNITY PROBLEM SOLVING PROJECT

Possible solutions: Computer vendors could set up schemes to assist customers in the recycling of e-waste. Each electronic purchase should be accompanied by information about the correct and environmentally friendly disposal of the product. Recycling facilities need to be made available for e-waste, and these should be located near normal waste disposal and recycling collection areas, or at some other easily accessible area. Strict laws for proper disposal of e-waste should be drawn up and enforced. Greater awareness of the need to recycle e-waste should be created in the Bruneian community.

Figure 3. Old Computers piled up. 3.

COMMUNITY PROBLEM SOLVING PROJECT

Figure 4. Adverts (notice) to show recycling companies accepted the old computers and cartridges for recycling. Actions taken: Project members drove to a recycling company in Brunei to investigate the extent of electronic waste recycling in Brunei. Secondly, they researched and found computer manufacturers to take back end of life computers and hardware products voluntarily. Project members then used the information gathered by their findings to create pamphlets and write a newspaper article that was published in one of the local newspapers, to raise the awareness of the people of Brunei regarding the importance of recycling e-waste and how one could go about recycling one’s e-waste. Finally, project members communicated the outcomes of their study to the Department of Environment. The issue of electronic waste is not only a matter of pressing importance to the community, but is a problem that

COMMUNITY PROBLEM SOLVING PROJECT

can be tackled. An investment of time and effort now will continue to help the environment for years to come.

Figure 5. Newspaper cutting about E-Waste (Published in Borneo Bulletin: Saturday 15th October 2005 – Opinion Page).