MIRI: At least 6,300kg of e-waste made up of unwanted electronic equipment was picked up by the city council in just one collection session.
Karambir Singh, Miri City Council chairman for Sustainable Development Committee, said on Friday (Jan 3) that the waste was made up of old computers, damaged fax-machines, obsolete printers and other unwanted equipment.
"We managed to collect at least 6.3 tonnes of e-waste in one go," he said of their public campaign to recycle e-waste in the city.
"We opened a public collection facility at the council Green Hub centre (located at the Faradale Commercial Centre) and members of the public came and dropped off that volume in that single collection session," he said.
Karambir said his committee gave free parking coupons as tokens of appreciation to those who turned up.
"All the e-waste collected will be sent for recycling. If not collected properly, they may end up being thrown away in dumpsites or in any rubbish bins.
"These e-waste items are bulky, and they are non-biodegradable and contain components that may be harmful to the environment.
"By collecting from the public, we can reduce such bulky and non-biodegradable waste products in Miri," he said.
He added that the city council would be carrying out more public campaigns to collect electronic waste.
Did you find this article insightful?