Waste-4-Reward project implemented at Kampong Ayer school

|     Fizah HAB     |

WASTE-4-REWARD, in partnership with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and Kawan Bumi Sdn Bhd, will conduct a five-day waste management workshop at the Awang Semaun Secondary School (SMAS) until January 23.

Acting Director at the JASTRe Aliman bin Haji Ahmad, the guest of honour launched the ceremony yesterday.

During the ceremony, a waste-to-reward system was initiated at the school, followed by talks on waste pollution issues and recycling delivered by a representative from Waste-4-Reward and an officer from JASTRe.

Recycling bins were also introduced at the school for proper waste disposal among students, who are residents of Kampong Ayer.

The second day of the workshop will involve the waste-to-reward system, where recyclables brought by students will be weighed and converted into points where it can then be used to redeem from a selection of zero-waste products and food.

Acting Director of the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) Aliman bin Haji Ahmad cuts a ribbon during the launching ceremony. – FIZAH HAB

This is to encourage the students to recycle more and cut down on single-use plastics.

Waste-4-Reward will also conduct a follow-up activity in the form of a cleaning campaign at the school campus in March.

According to a 2009 study by Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), the amount of rubbish in Kampong Ayer could fill up to 50 million bin liners.

Through this project, it is hoped that the students will help spread awareness among their families and friends to alleviate the issue of solid waste pollution in Kampong Ayer.