New MESTECC-DoE law to regulate electronics disposal The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) through its Departm...

New MESTECC-DoE law to regulate electronics disposal The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) through its Department of Environment (DoE) plans to introduce a new provision in the law to regulate e-waste from households.

In a written reply to the Dewan Rakyat recently, the Ministry stated that the provision will apply for six items: televisions, refrigerators, air conditions, washing machines, mobile phones, and computers.

Not disclosing the exact date of this new provision going into effect, MESTECC instead offered that it would apply the concept of “Extended Producer Responsibility” (EPR) and shared the responsibility of encouraging people to dispose of such items correctly.

“This is to ensure that e-waste from households can be managed in a more holistic and environmentally-friendly manner,” the reply read.

Recently an English daily reported that based on DoE-conducted studies in selected areas, the quantity of generated household e-waste is estimated to reach 53 million pieces in 2020 – 3.5 times higher than in 1995.

DoE explained that due to the fact that household e-waste in Malaysia is generally not discarded through the proper channels, the Department is not able to capture actual data on the amount of household e-waste generated in the country.

It defines “household e-waste” as originating from household, commercial, and institutional units.

The report quoted Syamsul Amry Tahir, Management Representative Executive of TM Recycle IT Sdn Bhd, who said that most technology in today’s market can and should be recycled.

This is exactly why Malaysians should know how or where to discard e-waste.

TM Recycle is one of the contractors appointed by DoE for proper recycling of e-waste in Malaysia.

“The components can be reused to fix electronics of similar makes or models, and this will reduce the amount of broken or damaged items getting thrown away and becoming part of landfills,” said Syamsul.

“Regular and safe disposal of electronic equipment is very important as the substances found in electrical components can harm the environment,” he added.

By Neera Khandpuri.

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