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Electronic Wastes | E-Wastes

In Malaysia, used electrical and electronic assemblies or otherwise commonly known as e-waste are categorized as scheduled wastes under the code SW 110, First Schedule, Environmental Quality (Scheduled Wastes) Regulations 2005. The SW 110 wastes are defined as wastes from the electrical and electronic assemblies containing components such as accumulators, mercury-switches, glass from cathode-ray tubes and other activated glass or polychlorinated biphenyl-capasitors, or contaminated with cadmium, mercury, lead, nickel, chromium, copper, lithium, silver, manganese or polychlorinated byphenyls.

E-Wastes are of particular interests to :

  • Waste generators
  • Waste transporters
  • Importers or exporters of wastes
  • Relevant authorities involved in the management of e-wastes.

CATEGORY OF E-WASTE

The following electrical and electronic equipment or components that are destined for recycling or recovery or disposal are considered as e-waste. This list however is not exhaustive.

  • Used television
  • Used air-conditioning unit
  • Used computer
  • Used refrigerator
  • Used washing machine
  • Used video recorder
  • Used flourescense light
  • Used telephone
  • Used photostate machine
  • Used facsimile machine
  • Used microwave / oven
  • Used radio
  • Used printers
  • Used audio amplifier
  • Used cathode ray tube (CRT)
  • Used electric cable
  • Used mobile phone
  • Used motherboard
  • Used hard disk drive
  • Used printed circuit board
  • Used waste metal contaminated with heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury, lead, etc
  • Used lead frame
  • Used patterned wafer
  • Used ink cartridges
  • Used or rejected or waste of integrated circuit
  • Used electrical and electronic equipment/product imported from other countries
  • Wastes or products processed out of the partial recovery facilities

Collection, Storage, Transportation & Disposal of E-waste

E-wastes has become a major commercial and business opportunities for recycling and disposal. With increasing population and usage of e-products, e-wastes can only be increasing rapidly.

If you are in the business of e-wastes collection, storage, transportation and disposal or sale, then you would need to look into several aspects of regulations. These can include

Storage Venue - normally a special yard is required away from population. There are however collection centers which are basically shophouses or workshops type building where sufficient containment can be built to store temporary e-wastes. Approval would need be obtained from the Local Councils and Bomba for use of any premises for storage of e-wastes.

Department of Environment would also be a major regulating body for any venue to be used for temporary storage and a licence would be issued for such storage.

Note that heavy fines and penalty will be imposed on those contravening the environmental control acts on e-wastes.

Should you need Environmental Consultants to produce EIA of E-Wastes Facilities, or applications for approval of such facilities from the authorities Contact Us for Free evaluatons.

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Authur- Philip Goh (B.Sc, MIEM, P.Eng. MICE, C.Eng)
MEC Engineers, Civil & Structural Engineer
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