SINGAPORE — Five virtual classes launched Monday, July 18, as part of a new collaboration to raise awareness about e-waste management and resource sustainability.
They are part of the partnership between waste management company Alba E-Waste Smart Recycling Pte Ltd and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), which also launched on Monday July 18. The partnership aims to educate students and the public about the impact of e-waste, the recycling process and regulations, e-waste management in Singapore, and improving the existing landscape of environmental education. The free courses – which last around 30 minutes each – are available for registration on ITE’s Udemy portal.
After completing the course, participants will be assessed for certification in Alba E-Waste’s Agents of Change for E-Waste (ACE) program, becoming the advocates for e-waste recycling in Singapore. These advocates can work with the company to organize events such as awareness talks or recycling campaigns.
Mr. Jakob Lambsdorff, Managing Director of parent company Alba Singapore, said education is important to ensure that future generations understand the concept of resource sustainability.
“To lay the foundations for a sustainable economy, we strongly believe that environmental education is crucial as it helps bring about lasting change and shape our future workforce,” he said in his speech. .
“My ITE course teaches me how to repair electronic devices. After taking the micro-learning courses, I understood how my skills help extend the life of these electronic devices and preserve the Earth’s resources” , said Eldon, a freshman at NITEC in electronics engineering. Tay, 17, who had tried the course while studying at ITE College East.
This comes amid a greater emphasis on recycling e-waste here. E-waste has been identified as one of the three major waste streams, targeted by Singapore’s Resource Sustainability Act, which was implemented in 2019. Producers and importers of electronic products are required to put implementing electronic waste disposal and recycling programs for consumers, in accordance with the principles of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) approach. The EPR aims to make companies responsible for the collection and treatment of their products when they are no longer usable.
Alba E-Waste Smart Recycling’s Managing Director, Mr. Fons Krist, believes that as an operator of the National Environment Agency’s designated Producer Responsibility Program for e-waste, educating consumers on proper e-waste recycling behavior remains important.
He said: “Electronic waste is currently a growing waste stream in the world and the process of waste disposal and recovery is more complex and can be toxic to the environment and humans.”
Senior Minister of State for the Department of Sustainable Development and Environment, Dr. Amy Khor, who was the guest of honor at the event, affirmed the partnership between Alba E-Waste Smart Recycling and ITE, and called on Singaporeans to actively participate in other zero-waste and recycling programs.
She said: “The government will continue to partner with our stakeholders to co-create and co-deliver zero waste solutions for Singapore. The collective efforts of individuals are an important part of this national effort.”