The proposed e-waste management model from the conviction of individual laptop disposal practices- an empirical study in Malaysia

JAYARAMAN, Krishnaswamy, VEJAYON, Seela, RAMAN, Shruthi and MOSTAFIZ, Imtiaz (2018). The proposed e-waste management model from the conviction of individual laptop disposal practices- an empirical study in Malaysia. Journal of Cleaner Production, 208, 688-696.

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There is no formal system in place for household e-waste management although e-waste from the industries were controlled and regulated according to Natural Resources and Environment Ministry in Malaysia. In fact, e-wastes are collected by buyers, non-governmental organizations or collectors; but many are improperly dismantled which can cause environmental and health hazards. Malaysia was estimated to generate 53 million pieces of e-waste in the year 2020 and therefore a proper system is required to control hazardous substances such as cadmium, mercury, chromium, zinc, lead, silver and copper found in e-wastes which should not be released into the environment. The aim of the present study is to find out the individual conviction on laptop disposal practices. Data were obtained from 123 respondents through structured questionnaire and open-ended questions from individuals owning laptop. The findings highlight that individual awareness on laptop disposal practice and laptop usage are positively influencing on the conviction of laptop disposal practices. Knowledge on computer literacy moderates the relationship between social consequences and the conviction of laptop disposal practices. It is recommended in the present study an extensive e-waste management model that resolves some of the major challenges aroused due to e-waste crisis. In particular, the proposed model acts as a guide for upstream and downstream reduction of e-waste generation through green design and cleaner engenderment to succeed for e-waste environmentally sound management system.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0907 Environmental Engineering; 0910 Manufacturing Engineering; 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering; Environmental Sciences
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Page Range: 688-696
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2019 15:13
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 03:26

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