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The 'We' Double 'E'

Environmental Protection

The title of this project, “The ‘WE’ Double ‘E’” is derived from the short form “WEEE” of Waste from Electrical and Electronic devices which is also known as e-waste. E-waste is any abandoned product that has a battery or socket and contains harmful and poisonous materials like mercury that can seriously endanger both human and environmental health (Geneva Environment Network, 2023). E-waste contains toxic substances, including mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, and flame retardants, which can harm DNA, cause preterm delivery, skin disorders, hearing loss, dizziness, and shortness of breath, as well as male reproductive and genital abnormalities. The risk of cancer, liver damage, and kidney damage can increase when toxins from untreated e-waste pollute soil, water, and the atmosphere (E-Waste & its Negative Effects on the Environment, 2019). In Malaysia, a total of 280,000 tonnes, or 8.8 kg of electronic garbage per person, were created. E-waste generation in Malaysia is projected to rise as the country moves from a middle-high to high-income status, but the rate of recycling e-waste is lower than the generation of e-waste (E-Waste in Malaysia, 2023). The main idea of this project is to give back to the environment and protect natural resources. For that, the chosen community is the residents of Taman Pantai Sepang Putra, Kampung Bagan Lalang, Taman Sri Bayu and Taman Sri Sungai Pelek. The purpose is to improve their knowledge, attitude, and practice toward e-waste handling and expose them to proper e-waste disposal. The residents are unaware of proper e-waste disposal methods. My project team is initiating an awareness program to give them ideas and knowledge about the importance of the environment by collaborating with  Tan Boon Ming Sdn. Bhd. The reason for choosing residential people is that they are one of the potential contributors to e-waste;Upgrading to newer electronic devices more frequently than necessary,Disposing of old or broken electronics improperly,Not recycling electronic waste properly.

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Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
RM 1,027.00
Goal: RM 907.00
Fund Approved by MSF: RM 1,000.00

Overview of Issue / Background

The title of this project, “The ‘WE’ Double ‘E’” is derived from the short form “WEEE” of Waste from Electrical and Electronic devices which is also known as e-waste. E-waste is any abandoned product that has a battery or socket and contains harmful and poisonous materials like mercury that can seriously endanger both human and environmental health (Geneva Environment Network, 2023). E-waste contains toxic substances, including mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, and flame retardants, which can harm DNA, cause preterm delivery, skin disorders, hearing loss, dizziness, and shortness of breath, as well as male reproductive and genital abnormalities. The risk of cancer, liver damage, and kidney damage can increase when toxins from untreated e-waste pollute soil, water, and the atmosphere (E-Waste & its Negative Effects on the Environment, 2019). In Malaysia, a total of 280,000 tonnes, or 8.8 kg of electronic garbage per person, were created. E-waste generation in Malaysia is projected to rise as the country moves from a middle-high to high-income status, but the rate of recycling e-waste is lower than the generation of e-waste (E-Waste in Malaysia, 2023). The main idea of this project is to give back to the environment and protect natural resources. For that, the chosen community is the residents of Taman Pantai Sepang Putra, Kampung Bagan Lalang, Taman Sri Bayu and Taman Sri Sungai Pelek. The purpose is to improve their knowledge, attitude, and practice toward e-waste handling and expose them to proper e-waste disposal. The residents are unaware of proper e-waste disposal methods. My project team is initiating an awareness program to give them ideas and knowledge about the importance of the environment by collaborating with  Tan Boon Ming Sdn. Bhd. The reason for choosing residential people is that they are one of the potential contributors to e-waste;

  • Upgrading to newer electronic devices more frequently than necessary,
  • Disposing of old or broken electronics improperly,
  • Not recycling electronic waste properly.

Project Objectives (Vision & Mission)

Vision:

To create a sustainable and resilient future by empowering communities and individuals to actively engage in environmental conservation.

Mission:

Education and Awareness: We will conduct extensive research and develop educational content to inform the public about environmental challenges, such as climate change, deforestation, and pollution. We will use various mediums, including online platforms, workshops, and community events, to reach a wide audience and inspire them to take action.

Project Details (Activities and Tasks)

  • This awareness program will be held at Seri Melati Recycling Center specifically for the residents.
  • Residents are encouraged to bring their e-waste to the program.
  • The program involves collaboration with Tzu Chi to conduct an awareness program on proper e-waste disposal.
  • A video presentation on e-waste, its effect on the environment if we fail to do proper disposal, and ways to manage the e-waste to give the residents a clear and better view of e-waste generation and disposal.
  • Awareness talk on e-waste generation and management by the invited speaker, an expert in waste management. 
  • Conduct activities related to e-waste disposal, such as a demonstration of proper e-waste disposal where the residents can learn about categories, types of e-waste, and how to dispose of it.
  • Introducing the “E-waste” app created by the project team. 
  • Pop quizzes are conducted to know the level of knowledge of the residents of Taman Seri Melati on e-waste.
  • Pre and post-survey identify their attitude and practice on e-waste management and instill awareness on proper e-waste disposal among residents of Taman Seri Melati.

Expected Project Result & Outcomes

  • The residents of Taman Pantai Sepang Putra, Kampung Bagan Lalang, Taman Sri Bayu, and Taman Sri Sungai Pelek are to be exposed to recycling education.
  • To promote the idea of e-waste recycling among the residents.
  • The residents are to increase awareness of the importance of a green environment and its sustainability.
  • The residents will be exposed to an app that will be created by the project team on e-waste.
  • Unlike other apps, this app includes thorough information on various kinds of e-waste, proper e-waste separation in homes, suitable e-waste disposal methods, a DOE link where users can find the closest recycling facility and other topics related to e-waste.
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RM 1,027.00

113% of RM907.00 Goal

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