Sustainable E-Waste Management in Asia

Analysis of Practices in Japan, Taiwan and Malaysia

Mohammad Izzat Rasnan, Ahmad Fariz Mohamed, Choo Ta Goh, Kohei Watanabe

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Abstract

The seriousness of e-waste problem is down to three realities: exponential increase in total amount, environmental degradation and health complications. A call for sustainable e-waste management is no longer a utopian ambition but an absolute necessity. In accordance to that, this study aims to evaluate e-waste management practices in three Asian countries: Japan, Taiwan, and Malaysia, and consequently propose recommendations and insights for Malaysia on how to manage e-waste in a sustainable manner. The comparative analysis is conducted based on three central aspects comprising governance, infrastructure, and stakeholders' participation. The outcome of this study indicates that e-waste management needs to be initiated by comprehensive regulations that are focussed on proper e-waste handling and stakeholders' accountability. Besides, it has to be accompanied by robust infrastructure where appropriate mechanisms and effective enforcement are taking place. Finally, active participation from relevant stakeholders through involvement, support and compliance is crucial. On the whole, developing a sustainable e-waste management system is not an easy endeavour; it requires sufficient effort, capital, and time while complemented with continuous improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1650023
JournalJournal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

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Keywords

  • E-waste
  • governance
  • infrastructure
  • management
  • participation
  • sustainability

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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Sustainable E-Waste Management in Asia : Analysis of Practices in Japan, Taiwan and Malaysia. / Rasnan, Mohammad Izzat; Mohamed, Ahmad Fariz; Goh, Choo Ta; Watanabe, Kohei.

In: Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, Vol. 18, No. 4, 1650023, 01.12.2016.

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