In April 2017, the AU E-Waste Project was officially launched with the aim of instilling an awareness of environmental issues in modern society through the donation of discarded electronic devices.
The project is conducted with the cooperation of True Corporation and thaiware.com. In addition, TES-AMM, a business that specializes in e-wastes and waste management, handles the recycling process for the project. The School also collaborated with the Albert Laurence School of Communication Arts in designing a press kit, which includes the project’s logo, poster, donation box, and Facebook page cover.
The e-waste initiative is part of the social responsibility indicator for the Information Technology course (BIS2180), which is a required core business course for all MSME undergraduates. The topics of Green Computing and E-Waste are integrated into the curriculum and are discussed in class to help students understand issues surrounding e-wastes such as environmental impact, information security, e-waste management and hazardous electronic waste substances.
Students are encouraged to communicate the knowledge they have gained in class to their friends and family members and to donate discarded electronic devices through our project. The devices that are donated are then sent to recycling centers to help alleviate the impact of e-waste on the environment.
As of May 2018, one year after the project was launched, a total of 200 mobile devices have so far been donated which is a promising start.
More details of the project can be found on the Facebook page.