A million tonnes of e-waste produced yearly


PUTRAJAYA: Nearly a million tonnes of e-waste is being produced each year in Malaysia, said Natural Resources and Envi­ronment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

Speaking to reporters after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Shan Poornam Metals Sdn Bhd and German firm Andritz MeWa GmbH, he said these would be disposed at landfills if they were not recycled.

“There is a lot of value in e-waste if you recycle them but if they go the landfills, they are wasted and also add to pollution,” he said.

The MoU will see Shan Poornam Metals buying machines from Andritz MeWa which could recycle ‘e-waste’ such as computer parts, used mobile phones and other unwanted home appliances.

Dubbed the first of its kind in South-East Asia, the recycling machines will be operational in mid-2017.

“At present, the machines will be placed at their plant in Penang but there will be over 80 collection centres for e-waste all over the country.

“The method to collect e-waste is still being discussed and the public will be informed about it later. The machines have the capacity to recycle about 100,000 tonnes of e-waste a year,” said Dr Wan Junaidi.

In a report by The Star, it was revealed that there was over 66 million handphones in Malaysia alone that, together with discarded tablets, thumb drives and other kinds of electronics, are posing a danger to the environment.

While these gadgets must be properly disposed of, many just throw them into the dustbin and they end up in landfills, where the minerals and materials inside can leak out.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Politics , wan junaidi , dr mahathir , e-waste

   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Nation

Structural repairs on Penang Bridge to be shortened by a week
China to boost Asean ties, supports region in fight against Covid-19
Siblings aged seven, 14, injured, parents die in car-van collision
Covid-19: Sarawak records 201 new cases, two new clusters detected
Covid-19: Eight new clusters identified, five linked to workplaces
PKR’s Sekijang MP lodges report with MACC over poaching allegations
Ismail Sabri: 442 nabbed for Covid-19 SOP violations on Saturday (March 6)
Ismail Sabri: EMCO in Kg Tringgus in Bau, Sarawak from March 8-21
Dr M gives thumbs up after receiving Covid-19 vaccine
Missing girl found drowned

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers