KNOWLEDGE ENHANCEMENT OF THE COMMUNITY THROUGH CAPACITY BUILDING FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY HEALTH FOR MERCURY CONTAINING PRODUCTS IN THE LIGHTING INDUSTRY IN MALAYSIA
Executive Summary
This project is in line with other GEF-SGP’s chemicals projects. This is a knowledge enhancement project targeted at the general public to raise awareness of mercury health and environmental issues. With the development of a legally binding instrument on mercury (UNEP) coming into place by 2013, the use and amount of mercury recycled has to be increased.
Objectives:
This project aims to educate the community of the environmental issues related to the improper disposal of mercury containing lamps. It is hope that once known, the community will take steps to ensure responsible disposal of mercury containing lamps for reasons not just for protecting the environment but also to protect themselves
Project Activities:
? Design and produce multilingual leaflets to inform the public about the hazards of mercury in lighting products as well as inform them of places where they can take them for safe disposal.
? Design and fabricate recycling bins for the collection of old mercury containing lighting products. The bins will be distributed to selected retail chain stores as well malls.
? Dissemination of leaflet information on the TEEAM website and encourage the recycling through advertorials
Expected Outputs:
Recycling the worn-out and waste energy saving lamp focuses on three components namely enhancing public knowledge, setting up of recycling infrastructure and improving partnerships and capacity of local councils and lighting companies.
To enhance knowledge at levels of society about the harm of energy saving lamp, we will engage the public through printing and handing out of the leaflets and brochures, donating environment-friendly bags and organise large-scale community publicity activities.
These action plans will inform the public about the potential health and environmental issues the lamps, methods to pack them for safe disposal and locations for disposal; This project will also publicize the recycling of other daily products containing mercury, including worn out fluorescent lamps, high pressure mercury lamp and neon lights. All the goods will be treated equally with the waste energy saving lamp.
The specialized energy saving lamp recycling bin will be placed at retail chain stores and malls. Since energy saving lamps can be easily broken, we will encourage recycling parties to pack them properly in boxes and work with lighting companies to provide incentives such as offering them a new bulb for recycling a certain number of bulbs. These well packed lights will make it easier for final shipping to the designated enterprise.
The collected lights will then be sent to Kualiti Alam and Tex Cycle Technology Sdn Bhd who will recycle the lights safely.
Education provides lifetime understanding of mercury hazards and teaches people how to avoid human exposure for themselves and their families, inform others, and provide for sustained ability to avoid mercury hazards in the future.
 

Project Snapshot

Grantee: THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA
Country: Malaysia
Area Of Work: Chemicals
Operational Phase: Phase 5
Grant Amount: US$ 20,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 4,600.00
Project Number: MAL/SGP/OP5/Y2/STAR/CH/12/24
Start Date: 11/2012
End Date: 1/2014
Status: Satisfactorily Completed