MIRI: About 6,300kg of unwanted electronic equipment were collected in a day in Miri city.
Miri City Council chairman for sustainable development committee Karambir Singh said the rubbish consisted of old computers, fax machines, obsolete printers and other unwanted items.
“We managed to collect at least 6.3 tonnes of e-waste in one session, ” he said, adding that the city council organised the public campaign to collect such items from the people.
“We wanted to help them dispose such stuff so we opened a public collection facility at the council’s Green Hub in Faradale Commercial Centre.
Karambir said his committee provided free parking coupons as small tokens of appreciation to the public who came to drop off their unwanted electronic items.
“All items collected will be sent for recycling.
“If not disposed of properly, these things may end up being thrown away in dumpsites or even into our waterways.
“The items are bulky and non-biodegradable.
“They contain components that may be harmful to the environment.
“Our aim is to dispose of such e-waste without harming the environment, ” he added.
“The city council will carry out more public campaigns to collect waste, ” said Karambir.
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