Badaruzzaman Mat Norbadaruzzaman@cmc.gov.my
Rose Kuan Yoke Leanrose_kuan@ensspm.com
Shan Poornam Metals Sdn. Bhd.
Proper e-waste management is crucial if we are to
ensure a sustainable future and not end up with
mountains of discarded electronic items.
-waste, is basically waste electrical and
electronic equipment and is one of the fastest
growing streams of waste in developed as well
as in developing countries. Rapid technology
innovation and ever-shortening product lifespans,
especially for information and communication technology
(ICT) products such as computers and mobile phones are
among the factors contributing to the growing size of
e-waste. It is estimated globally that the total amount
e-waste generated in 2014 was 41.8 million metric tonnes
leading not only to a significant adverse environmental
impact, but also to the systematic depletion of precious
materials resources. There are valuable materials in
e-waste that can be recovered through urban mining,
a process of reclaiming compounds and elements from
According to United Nations University (UNU) - The
Global E-Waste Monitor 2014 report, only about 15%
of the e-waste produced worldwide is recycled formally.
Exposure of vulnerable populations such as women
and children around dump sites has impact across
The term e-waste basically covers all electrical and
electronic equipment (EEE) items and its parts that have
been discarded by its owner as waste without the intent
of reuse. Depending on different regions of the world, it
may also be referred to as Waste Electrical and Electronic
Equipment (WEEE), electronic waste or e-scrap. It
embraces a broad range of products and cover almost any
household or business item with circuitry or electrical
components with power or battery supply.
There are six categories of e-waste:
• Temperature exchange equipment. These are more
commonly referred to as cooling and freezing
equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, air
conditioners and heat pumps.
• Screens, monitors. Typical equipment comprises
televisions, monitors, laptops, notebooks, and tablets.
• Lamps. These include straight fluorescent lamps,
compact fluorescent lamps, high-intensity discharge
lamps and LED lamps.