| Azlan Othman |
ON AVERAGE, Bruneians produce 1.4kg waste per person per day and the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) of the Ministry of Development has made various initiatives to reduce the amount and one of them is ‘No Plastic’ from Monday to Sunday and recycling drive. JASTRe’s targets are to reduce waste generation to just one kilogramme per person per day and boost current recycling rate by up to 30 per cent by 2035.
Eight students taking Geography subject from Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College (Maktab Duli) was briefed on the information during a visit to the JASTRe on Thursday in an effort to get an insight into Brunei Darussalam’s Integrated Waste Management System or how Brunei manages wastes. They are studying Environmental Management Paper 4 on Solid Waste Disposal. The visit aimed to enhance their interest on the topic and increase their understanding of how waste is managed in Brunei.
Environment Officer at the JASTRe Muhd Fakhrurazi bin Haji Salleh delivered the briefing using slide presentation on ‘Solid Waste Management in Brunei Darussalam’.
JASTRe has five key strategies namely waste minimisation; efficient, cost-effective in sustainable collection; adoption of waste-to-resource technologies; youth empowerment (awareness) and enforcement enhancement to achieve the targets. There was also a Q&A session after the presentation and the visit ended with a group photo.
The students will also visit Sungai Akar Transfer Station (SATS) and Sungai Paku Engineered Landfill (SPEL) to further understand waste management.