BY: Michelle Liew
The amount of electronic waste or e-waste recycled this year has already surpassed more than half of the target set by the Ministry of Environment and Water.
The unexpected achievement was confirmed by minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man when speaking at the National Environment Day (HASN) 2021 celebration, today.
“Based on the information obtained, as of last month, we have managed to collect 432 tonnes of e-waste from the target of 800 tonnes for this year,” he said.
This year’s e-waste collection involves 178 collection centers and 21 rehabilitation facilities throughout the country with Selangor having the most in the country with 58 premises provided.
The government vigilant against activities such as importing hazardous waste to prevent Malaysia from becoming a global waste dumping ground and processing centre.
“We have returned hundreds of (waste) containers back to the country of origin due to infringement of the country’s laws. We do not want Malaysia to become the world’s waste dumping ground.
“Our stand is a firm one and vigilance is carried out by the Royal Malaysian Customs and Excise Department at all ports.
“This monitoring includes e-waste (electric and electronic waste) where we have made a firm stand against the import of e-waste from abroad.”