e-Waste is a term used to cover items of all types of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and its parts that have been discarded by the owner as waste without the intention of re-use. Source: StEP
e-Waste may be categorised by product type, product size or even treatment technology. United Nations use the following categorisation.
Temperature exchange equipment Commonly referred as "cooling and freezing equipment", comprised of refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, etc.
Lamp Which includes all types of straight fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent lamps, fluorescent lamps, high intensity discharge lamps and LED lamps.
Screen Including televisions, monitors, laptops, notebooks and tablets.
Small IT and telecommunication equipment Which includes products such as mobile phones, GPS devices, pocket calculators, routers, printers, telephones, etc.
Small equipment Typically comprised of vacuum cleaners, microwaves, fans, toasters, electric kettles, electric shavers, video cameras, etc.
Large equipment Which typically includes products such as washing machines, dish washers, electrical stoves, copying equipment, etc.
For Mobile e-Waste programme, we focus on the collection of small IT and telecommunication equipment such as smartphones, tablets, camera and power bank along with its chargers and accessories.
e-Waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in developed as well as in developing countries. The amount of e-Waste in Asia has risen by close to 63% in five years. Malaysia produced 243 kilo tonnes of e-Waste in 2015 alone and the amount of e-Waste we generated has grown by 39.7% from 2010 to 2015.
Ever wondered what happened to old devices that are thrown out?
Discarded mobile devices & accessories are transported to landfill
Non-biodegradable toxic components accumulate
The more mobile devices discarded, the more serious pollution becomes
Toxic materials leak into the environment, for example groundwater
Toxic contaminants cause health issues within the community
Electrical and electronic devices are made of hazardous, non-biodegradable components such as lead, cadmium and mercury that could potentially harm your health and pollute the environment. That is why these devices have to be properly disposed of by a certified facility when it’s no longer useful.
During the recycling process, your mobile devices will be dismantled into several components such as casing, battery, screen and circuit board.
The unusable materials will be disposed properly while reusable ones are extracted to manufacture new products. This process is known as urban mining.
Metals extracted from e-waste are up to 40 to 50 times richer than the ore extracted from mines. For example, one tonne of gold ore yields about 5 grams of gold, but one tonne of phone circuitry yields about 150 grams, 30 times as much!
A circular economy is one that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, distinguishing between technical and biological cycles.
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2. You further agree to delete all information stored by you in the device including but not limited to text, data, photos, images, applications and Personal Data. For the avoidance of doubt, Personal Data shall have the same meaning given to it in the Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (as amended from time to time).
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