Why Should We Properly Handle and Recycle E-Waste ?
There are three major reasons why we should properly handle and recycle household E-waste.
Because e-waste has serious impact on human health and environment
E-waste is filled with a veritable of toxic materials that affects human & animal body and environment.When this e-waste is not properly handled and simply thrown out with the garbage, ultimately ending up in landfill, it means both human health and the environment are at risk.E-waste is filled with a veritable of toxic materials that affects human & animal body and environment.
When this e-waste is not properly handled and simply thrown out with the garbage, ultimately ending up in landfill, it means both human health and the environment are at risk.
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Printed Circuit Board used in various electronic appliances contains the following toxic substances;
i. Lead and cadmium (cause brain damage, cancer, etc.)
ii. Mercury (cause damages to brain and nerve system)
iii. Brominated flame retardant
iv. Poly Chlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
v. Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC)
Refrigerator and air-conditioner contain CFC (Freon)gases, which has a high global warming potential and contributes to ozone depletion. Ozone depletion would result in an increase of UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface, and of skin cancers.
Because e-waste is increasing in its amount and diversifying in its amount
E-waste is one of the fastest growing source of waste worldwide.
In Malaysia, due to the fact that household E-wastes are mostly ended up in the informal sector, there is no proper data captured by the Authority on actual quantity of household E-waste generation. But based on the studies conducted in the selected areas, the quantity of e-waste generated from households, commercial and institutions are estimated to reach 53 million pieces in 2020, which is 3.5 times higher than 1995.
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Why is household e-waste a global issue?
Facts and Figures
Because e-waste is a resource!
In order to address the E-waste Issue, there are two actions we can do.
Let’s start from today!
Hazardous Substances Division,
Department of Environment,
Ministry of Environment and Water,
Level 2, Podium 3, Wisma Sumber Asli,
No.25, Persiaran Perdana, Precint 4,
62574 Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Complaint Line: 03-8889 1972
General Line: +603-8871 2000/2200
Fax: +603-8888 9987 /+603-8888 6120
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