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E-waste management: towards an appropriate policy

Askari, Arameh and Ghadimzadeh, Azadeh and Gomes, Chandima and Ishak, Mohd Bakri (2014) E-waste management: towards an appropriate policy. European Journal of Business and Management, 6 (1). pp. 37-46. ISSN 2222-1905; ESSN: 2222-2839

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The socio-environmental impact of rapidly increasing piles of electrical and electronic waste or E-waste at global level has been evaluated in detail. Malaysian scenario was selected as a case study to analyse various issues regarding generation, storage, transportation and disposal of E-waste. Generation of E-waste has been estimated to be about 652909 tonnes in 2006 and was extrapolated to reach around 706 000 tonnes in 2011 and about 1.2 million tonnes in 2020 in Malaysia alone. E-waste basically includes disposed materials of refrigerators, calculators, alarm clocks, computers, printers, televisions, monitors, audio setups, electronic thermometers, laser printer, etc, most of which contain batteries and other components. They carry traces of heavy elements and toxic compounds that threaten human and animal health and various other parts of ecosystem. As per the estimation, over 75% of subjects interviewed in this study has lack of knowledge in storage and disposal techniques of E-waste. The situation may be worse in some other parts of the world. Finally, this paper proposes viable procedures for the safe management of E-waste.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:E-waste; Electrical; Electronic; Waste management; Solid waste; Built environment
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Environmental Studies
Publisher:International Institute for Science, Technology & Education
ID Code:37547
Deposited By: Nabilah Mustapa
Deposited On:14 Sep 2015 19:13
Last Modified:14 Sep 2015 19:13

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