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Badaruzzaman Mat Nor

badaruzzaman@cmc.gov.my

Rose Kuan Yoke Lean

rose_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.

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E-waste Problem

Fixing the

E

-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

e-waste.

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

generations.

E-WASTE DEFINED

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.

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