SIEPC 2015 – Ignite the Silver Lining Responses

on 5 May, 13:43

‘Waste to Wealth” project by EcoSolution

“WASTE TO WEALTH” is one of project under Student-Initiated Environmental Project Competition that known as a SIEPC. This project are planned by a EcoSolution group that consisted of three students from different faculty in University Putra Malaysia, whose are Fitryaliah binti Mohd Shahli and Mas Izzuawanie binti Abdul Hamid from Faculty Environmental Studies and Nur Hidayah binti Musa from Faculty of Biotechnology.

Nowadays, as we know, cooking oils are widely used in Malaysia especially in preparing food. Did you realize that there are almost 12 gallon liters of cooking oil are generated from each home per year? Used cooking oils are usually being disposed directly to the sink or drains. This bad habit of disposal can cause waste to congeal and block public sewers. The backed-up sewage can then spill into rivers and streams. Untreated sewage effluent and waste oil in the water causes oxygen levels to drop drastically, sewage fungus covers the bed of the watercourse like a blanket and in more severe cases the river can no longer support fish, insects and animals that live in and around the water. Used cooking oils from commercial premises be disposed of with the general waste or discharged to the sewer. Due to this issue, we are trying to initiate simple project to recycle the used cooking oil into beneficial product. Therefore, we believed that this project can change the perspectives of people about waste and it’s possibility to be commercialize.

What we going to do are we collect the used cooking oil from the outlet and the home and we make it commercialize product, which is attractive candle, from the used cooking oil. We are given one month to do this project. Our objectives are:

• To reduce the amount of used cooking oil that will be discharge directly into the drain.
• To create awareness among UPM people especially food seller.
• To educate the people about proper management of used cooking oil.
• To prevent environmental pollution.
• To enhance the creativity to create a new high value product from waste.

on 5 May, 09:09

The Green Arrow Project

The Green Arrow Project is one of the student-initiated project under the Student-Initiated Environmental Projects Competition. It is a project that promotes recycling among the students through the production of the Portable Recycling Bag.

Even in UPM Serdang Campus there were still many recyclable materials that were simply thrown in a normal thrash bin. Some were not even thrown in any bin. The Portable Recycling Bag was aimed to provide leverage to the students to ease them in practicing recycling habits. The presence of the bag also help apprehend one of the common problem in recycling which is a limited number of recycling bin. Through the usage of the bag, the students can keep some of the most valuable recyclable materials such as aluminium tin cans and plastic bottles in a convenient compartment in the bag. Plus, the Portable Recycling Bag was also aimed to bring the students closer to the usage of green products in their lifestyle.

The Objectives

1. To provides a new tools for recycling

2. To encourage students to approach green products

3. To advocate the recycling habits among the students

 

 

on 17 Apr, 13:05

Waste X Food

“Waste X Food” is a campaign that organized by Wenly Seow & Zi Shen Khoi under SIEPC (Student-Initiated Environmental Project Competition) 2015. We are the students from the Faculty of Food Science & Technology of UPM.

We found that the food waste problems are getting more serious day by day in the whole world although there are food crises in the other parts of the world. According to The Star newspaper, Malaysians waste up to 8 million kg of food per day!! Can you imagine how much will the food waste accumulate for a year? Researchers also found that if the food waste problems do not have a solution, the food waste produced by the Malaysians is going to fill up 16 Petronas Tower in 2020! How can you bear with this shocking figures?!

That’s why we are here – The Food Savers!

What are we going to do?!!

1)      Make a small exhibition at Putra Food Court (one of the crowded food court in UPM because it is surrounded by the student hostels) with informative posters.

2)      Provide saving food practices and others related information in our Facebook page (Waste X Food).

3)      Collect the daily food waste in Putra Food Court and send for composing.

 

Through this campaign, we hope that the students’ awareness about food waste problem can be raised. Besides, the students can carry out the food saving practices that learnt from our campaign in their daily life and thus minimize the food waste problems in our country.

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