Electronic waste

present status and future perspectives of sustainable management practices in Malaysia

Md. Rezaul Hasan Shumon, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Md. Tasbirul Islam

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Abstract

The ever-increasing and rapidly growing volume of waste electrical and electronic equipment has become a serious threat to the environment in many countries. The inevitability of e-waste management and the development of a holistic system to deal with it has become an indispensable socio-economic and environmental issue for the sustainable development of Malaysia. However, no comprehensive research has yet been carried out, and only a few works in a discreet manner have been begun. In view of the above, and as a small endeavor towards achieving the country’s Vision 2020, this study explores the present status and future perspectives of the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment in Malaysia. This article presents an overview of e-waste management practices around the world, including the generation of e-waste, the implementation of management strategies, and collection and recovery activities in Malaysia. It also presents the corresponding responses adopted so far with respect to legislation and other infrastructural development. Finally, through the use of structured and semi-structured interviews, it reveals the barriers and challenges, as well as future perspectives and sustainability issues related to the e-waste management system in this fast developing country.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2239-2249
Number of pages11
JournalEnvironmental Earth Sciences
Volume72
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • E-waste
  • E-waste management system
  • Recovery
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability

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