Discovering opportunities to meet the challenges of an effective waste electrical and electronic equipment recycling system in Malaysia

Haikal Ismail, Marlia Mohd Hanafiah

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Abstract

The topic of managing waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE or e-waste) has become important in recent years due to complexity in managing it. In the present study, various aspects of e-waste management in Malaysia were explored to identify the present challenges and opportunities toward proper e-waste management. While there was limited accessibility to data and research on e-waste management in Malaysia, various reports and publications were assessed to achieve the objectives of the study. In addition to exploring the current situation of e-waste management in Malaysia, the present study also attempted to provide referential information on e-waste management in Malaysia and for researchers and other interested parties working on developing effective e-waste management. Various aspects of the current e-waste management systems in Malaysia were highlighted and discussed. The main findings revealed that although there are regulations directly dealing with e-waste in Malaysia, proper household e-waste management is in its infancy, with various proposed regulations on e-waste generated by households still far from completion. A proper e-waste management system for households is urgently required to not only reduce the possibility of e-waste flow into the current municipal solid waste facilities but also to maximize the utilization of currently available e-waste processing infrastructures and facilities. In the meantime, there is an urgent need to raise awareness in Malaysian households of the implications of improper e-waste disposal in order to fill the knowledge gaps regarding the adverse environmental and human health impacts of improper e-waste disposal. As the quantity of e-waste being generated increases rapidly alongside healthy economic conditions, government intervention and support for fostering sustainable development of e-waste management in Malaysia were also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number117927
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Volume238
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2019

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Keywords

  • E-Waste generation
  • E-Waste management
  • Environmental benefit of E-waste recycling
  • Households E-waste
  • Malaysia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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