Japan International Cooperation Agency

FIRST MEETING OF TASKFORCE 4: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF E-WASTE
(RECYCLING FUND MANAGEMENT MECHANISM)
Date: 13 December 2022
Venue: Anggerik Meeting Room

The first taskforce 4 meeting was held under the JICA Technical Cooperation Project (TC3).

Members of the taskforce 4 consist of representatives from each taskforce and relevant government agencies.

The Chairperson Ms. Nor Hamirah binti Mahayudin from Administration & Finance Division of DOE briefly introduced the background of the TC3 including the establishment of four draft guidelines in TC2, as well as the objectives of the TC3. She also shared the drafted scheduled E-waste regulation which emphasizes the concept of EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) and shared responsibility among its stakeholders.

In the meeting, questions and concerns on timelines and procedures for the establishment of fund management body were raised, and several possible options were shared and discussed among the members.

At the end of the meeting, the chairperson concluded that the taskforce 4 prepares a few options of fund management entity including the expected timeline, pros and cons, and the establishment procedures of each option to be discussed further in a workshop planned to be held in February 2023.

FIRST MEETING OF TASKFORCE 3: MANAGEMENT OF PRODUCERS AND IMPORTERS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY (EPR)
Date: 13 December 2022
Venue: Anggerik Meeting Room

The first taskforce 3 meeting was held under the JICA Technical Cooperation Project (TC3).

Members of the taskforce 3 consist of the representatives from Chambers of Commerce and Industry of each country and associations of manufactures and importers, who are expected to provide constructive opinions from the standpoint of manufactures and importers of the targeted 6 e-appliances (TV, refrigerator, washing machine, air conditioner, personal computer, and mobile phone).

The chairperson Mr. Mohd Shahrin bin Mudzarap @ Mansor from Hazardous Substances Division of DOE briefly introduced the background of the TC3 including the establishment of four draft guidelines in TC2, as well as the objectives of the TC3. He also shared the drafted scheduled E-waste regulation which emphasizes the concept of EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) and shared responsibility among its stakeholders.

In the meeting, questions and concerns on fair responsibility among manufactures and importers, including the responsibility for the targeted products purchased online by consumer was raised. Also, importance of both regulatory framework and incentives was shared, and the importance of awareness rising on E-waste management mechanism by all relevant stakeholders, not just DOE, including manufactures and importers was emphasized. In addition, necessity of update recycling cost by reflecting the maturation of plastic recycling market, increase of logistic cost and market price of recyclables was explained.

At the end of the meeting, the chairperson requested members to provide their inputs and comments to the secretariat, where the issues raised by the members will be further discussed in the next taskforce 3 meeting.

TASKFORCE 1 – MANAGEMENT OF E-WASTE COLLECTION
Date: 24 November 2022

The first taskforce 1: Management of E-Waste Collection meeting under the JICA Technical Cooperation Project (TC3) entitled The Project for Implementation of Scheduled E-Waste Management System in Malaysia was held on 24 November 2022 via hybrid (physical and online).

Members of the taskforce 1 consist of E-waste collection center both from public and private sectors including retailers, NGOs and local governments.

The Chairperson Ms. Shafariza binti Shamsudin from Hazardous Substances Division, DOE briefly introduced the background of the TC3 including the establishment of four draft guidelines in TC2, as well as the objectives of the TC3. She informed that a regulation on e-waste has been drafted which emphasizes the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and shared responsibility among its stakeholders. The chairperson remarked the importance of constructive inputs for the finalization of the E-waste collection guideline towards a successful implementation of E-waste management mechanism in Malaysia.

In the meeting, members have requested some clarification on matters pertaining to:

  1.  e-waste collection and subsidy based on the logistics or transportation distance in rural area;
  2. difference in the cost structure for 4 bulky e-wastes item (televisions, refrigerators, washing machines and air-conditioners) and 2 IT e-wastes (computers/mobile phones);
  3. secondhand market of e-appliance; and
  4. conditions for subsidy entitlement.

In conclusion, the meeting agreed that all inputs and comments from the taskforce members would be taken into consideration and further discussed in a workshop planned to be held in February 2023.

TASKFORCE 2 – PENGURUSAN KITAR SEMULA E-WASTE TERJADUAL
Tarikh: 28 Jun 2022

Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS) sedang menjalankan projek kerjasama teknikal bertajuk “The Project for Implementation of Scheduled E-Waste Management System in Malaysia” bersama Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) bermula dari 2021 hingga 2024. Bagi mencapai objektif dan output projek, empat (4) pasukan petugas telah ditubuhkan.

Mesyuarat pertama taskforce 2: Pengurusan Kitar Semula E-Sisa Berjadual telah diadakan pada 28 Jun 2022 secara hibrid (fizikal dan atas talian). Anggota taskforce 2 terdiri daripada kemudahan pemerolehan kembali berlesen dan agensi kerajaan yang berkaitan.

Pengerusi Puan Thahirah Kamarulzaman dari Bahagian Bahan Berbahaya, JAS secara ringkas memperkenalkan latar belakang dan objektif TC3 dan menekankan kepentingan jawatankuasa pasukan petugas untuk membincangkan dan mengumpul input ke arah pemuktamadkan Garis Panduan Kitar Semula.

Dalam mesyuarat itu, ahli telah meminta beberapa penjelasan mengenai perkara berkaitan mekanisme dan garis panduan seperti pengiraan kadar kitar semula, rawatan bahan tertumpu (berbahaya), kemampanan perniagaan, pelesenan di bawah peraturan baharu, kos logistik dan subsidi, serta pembaikan dan penggunaan semula e-waste.

Mesyuarat taskforce 2 seterusnya dijadualkan diadakan pada bulan September dengan perbincangan utama mengenai bahan tertumpu dan kadar kitar semula untuk setiap barangan.