MIRI: AIESEC Curtin Sarawak Chapter of Curtin University (Curtin Sarawak) has embarked on its month-long waste management project in Miri from Dec 16 to Jan 18 next year.
The project entitled ‘TechCycle Tech4ALL’ is organised jointly with the Natural Resources and Environment Board Sarawak (NREB), Sarawak Shell Berhad, Sols Tech 24/7, E-Concern Sdn. Bhd, Computer Sales and Service Association, Sarawak Miri Branch. Also supporting the project are international Exchange Participants (EPs) of AIESEC from India and Indonesia as well as members of JCI Lutong.
The nine-member AIESEC project team consist of mechanical engineering students Adrian Ooi Eng Hui, Ho Chee Hoi, Jack Sim Sheng Jie, Jessica Yong, and Fong Ai Ling, accounting and finance students Carven Yong Jui Ming, Samuel Achi and Andrew Yong, and chemical engineering student Koh Boon Yew, 22.
Curtin Sarawak in a statement said that among the project’s objectives are to create awareness on waste management and its impact on the Miri community, encourage 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) of e-waste among electronic users, and waste management within the community besides providing the international EPs with a unique local experience.
The Department of Environment’s Regulation 2, SW 110 defines ‘waste’ as electrical and electronic assemblies containing components such as accumulators, mercury-switches, glass from cathode-ray tubes and other activated glass polychlorinated biphenyl-capacitors, or (articles) contaminated with cadmium, mercury, lead, nickel, chromium, copper, lithium, silver, manganese or polychlorinated biphenyl.
During the month-long campaign, various activities will be carried out.
From Dec 16-28, the AIESEC project team will conduct talks on waste management in longhouses in Miri; workshops and exhibitions at Bintang Megamall; door-to-door e-waste collection from Jan 10-11 and on-site collection of e-waste at the Miri Indoor Stadium car park on Jan 12.
Meanwhile, from Jan 13-25, there will be seminars and awareness programmes on recycling in various private institutions of higher learning and secondary schools. On Jan 18, there will be a camp at the Curtin Sarawak campus for students from private institutions of higher learning and secondary schools. The activities include talks, competitions, recycling events and beach cleaning.
Curtin Sarawak, is the first higher education institution in East Malaysia to have an AIESEC chapter. AIESEC has some 60 years’ experience in providing avenues for youth leadership development. With over 60,000 members from over 110 countries, it allows young people to participate in leadership and internship opportunities in a global learning environment and is entirely run by youth for youth.