Mobile e-Waste: Old Phone, New Life

Save the Planet, Recycle Your Phones

Launching Ceremony

Mobile e-Waste: Old Phone, New Life initiative was officially launched by YB Dato' Jailani bin Johari, the Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia on 18 August 2015. Our main objective is to advocate the importance of environmentally safe disposal and recycling of end-of-life (EOL) mobile devices.

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Household e-Waste

MCMC as the regulator for the communication and multimedia industry has initiated this joint recycling programme for discarded mobile devices between MCMC, Malaysian Technical and Standards Forum Bhd (MTSFB) and other partners. The programme complements the Department of Environment (DOE) initiatives concerning household e-waste management in Malaysia.

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Resolution 79

Mobile e-Waste is also MCMC's response to the ITU's Resolution 79 adopted at World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA 12). Resolution 79 invites its Member States to take all necessary measures to handle and control e-waste in order to mitigate the hazards which arise from used telecommunication/ICT equipment.

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We Want to Promote

Environmentally safe disposal and recycling of end-of-life (EOL) mobile devices.

Awareness on the potentially hazardous effects on health and environment due to improper disposal of mobile devices.

Education on the steps you can take to recycle and refurbish your old mobile devices.

Adoption of circular economy concept where waste generated in our country is recycled to usable material within the economy.

Growth of Communication and Multimedia Industry

Usage of ICT products in Malaysia has seen tremendous growth.

By the end of 2016, there are a total of 31 million broadband subscribers with penetration rate of 81.5 per 100 household and 43.9 million mobile phone subscribers with penetration rate of 141.3 per 100 inhabitants in Malaysia.

Source: MCMC's Communications and Multimedia

Electronic devices such as smartphone, tablet, laptop, or fitness band have a short lifespan.

Average mobile phone lifespan in Malaysia is estimated to be between 18 - 24 months.

Source: Treehugger

If we review the number of SIRIM certification label purchased by consumer, by the end of 2014 there are around 65.7 million units of mobile devices that can be considered as e-waste.

Once their useful lives are over, mobile devices should be properly recycled to protect our environment and health.

Source: SIRIM

The increase of ICT consumers, decreasing usage time for mobile device combine with lack of awareness on recycling among Malaysians means that there are thousands of phones that have been thrown away or kept unused in drawers yearly in our country alone.

How Does Mobile e-Waste Operate?

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Collect old mobile devices & accessories

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Drop devices into the collection boxes at selected outlets

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The recyclers will collect & transport devices to the facility

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Proper disposal & urban mining will take place at the facility

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Recovered materials will be used to manufacture new products

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