Johor Environmental Department (JAS) in partnership with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and four recycling companies namely CBH Recycle (M) Sdn Bhd, JB Goodcare Recycle (M) Sdn Bhd, Southern Strength (M) Sdn Bhd and Tes-Amm (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. has organised a two-day e-waste collection in different parts of Johor with the cooperation of local councils; Johor Bahru City Council (MBJB), Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP), and Kulai Municipal Council (MPKU). The joint effort was launched as a part of Malaysia’s National Environmental Day celebration that takes place from 21st October to 27th October.
On 18th October, CBH Recycle (M) Sdn Bhd with UTM Campus Sustainability held a Drop and Drive event to minimise human contact as part of their SOPs due to COVID-19 spike in the nation. Over 60 vehicles drove through their stations from 8am till noon, dropping electronic wastes that were as big as washing machines to as small as mobile phones before moving along to the next station to collect their money for the goods they gave away.
UTM Sustainable Campus Department Director, Professor Ir. Dr Mohd Fadhil Md Din said that the Drop and Drive event was organised to raise awareness within the campus and residents around to recognise what were considered as e-waste and the disposal of it is different from general waste. Dr Mohd Fadhil also added that they ensured that the recycling agencies hold a license to dispose the e-wastes categorised under Scheduled Waste (SW110).
Two 3-tonnes containers were towed away from the collection on the second day from the campus itself. The campaign was also held in MPKU office, MBJB’s Administration Office in Permas Jaya and Taman Cempaka community hall on the same day as well, while the one at Flat Impian Emas was held a day earlier.