Electronic waste is rising rapidly across Malaysia as higher incomes allow more people to buy smartphones and other gadgets. Although, Malaysia’s unemployment rate is high but everybody will still have used electronics such as mobile phones. This is a serious matter as it highly contributes on consequences for human health and environment.
Asia has rapidly emerged as a major source of electronic waste. This is due to consumers that are buying items such as phones, printers, fridge, washing machine, televisions and other gadgets. According to United Nations University, during the 5 years period, E-waste in Asia has escalated to 63 percent.
This means that Asian countries are at an alarming state. Asians need to come out with a plan to improve their recycling and disposal methods. Let’s narrow it down to Malaysia. If you are reading this, you might already know that there are certified recyclers.
You may be familiar with other disposal methods. However, how many of them are certified recyclers and will do the process as they claim without all the certifications? Improper and illegal e-waste dumping means increased exposure to extremely toxic chemicals, leading to severe health and environment consequences. Uncertified companies would probably ship the electronics waste to other country.
Electronic waste is a global ecological issue as it contributes to air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, information security, and even human exploitation. The problem is that when electronics are dismantled in a rudimentary way, they release toxic mercury, lead, and other heavy metals; toxic gasses and arsenic. Acids that are used to separate the metals in the electronic products are a particular concern, with inhalation or exposure to them causing serious health problems.
It is time for schools, corporations, consumers, and government to actively take part in recycling all the waste to achieve the zero E-waste world. There are a lot of alternatives and methods to achieve the zero e-waste. However, are you up to take the challenge to do what it takes in order to live on a zero e-waste land?