Laws to manage household electrical, electronic wastes to be enforced next year

Apr 23, 2017

Laws relating to management and disposal of electrical and electronic waste (E-waste) from households will be enforced before the end of next year.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said details on the legislation were still under discussion with the Attorney-General’s Chambers for approval to introduce some rules regarding the matter.

“We will introduce a new system to collect all waste remnants from small mobile phones to large electrical and electronic items, including those in the office.

“If not handled properly, it will adversely affect the environment as a whole,” he told reporters after launching the collection of household electrical and electronic waste in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations at Dataran Ledang in Tangkak yesterday.

At the event, the Ledang parliamentary constituency was recognised in the Malaysia Book of Records for the successful gathering of 36,144kg of household electrical and electronic waste items.

Meanwhile, Wan Junaidi said with the development of technology, there was tremendous increase in the use of electrical and electronic products in every household, especially involving mobile phones.

“If a waste management system for electrical and electronic waste items is not developed soon, it will have dire implications for people and the environment,” he said, adding that when these laws were introduced, it would indirectly create a new electrical and electronic waste collection industry in the country.

He said currently, the Department of Environment was working with the Japan International Cooperation Agency in the development of a household E-waste management system. –Bernama