Policy trends of extended producer responsibility in Malaysia

Agamuthu, Pariatamby and Victor, D. (2011) Policy trends of extended producer responsibility in Malaysia. Waste Management & Research, 29 (9). pp. 945-953. ISSN 0734-242X, DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0734242X11413332.

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This paper seeks to examine the provisions for extended producer responsibility (EPR) within the Malaysian environmental and waste management policies and to determine its existing practice and future prospects in Malaysia. Malaysian waste generation has been increasing drastically where solid waste generation was estimated to increase from about 9.0 million tonnes in 2000 to about 10.9 million tonnes in 2010, to about 12.8 million tonnes in 2015 and finally to about 15.6 million tonnes in 2020. Malaysian e-waste was estimated to be about 652 909 tonnes in 2006 and was estimated to increase to about 706 000 tonnes in 2010 and finally to about 1.2 million tonnes in 2020. The projected increasing generation of both solid waste and scheduled wastes is expected to burden the country's resources and environment in managing these wastes in a sustainable manner. The concept of EPR is provided for in the Malaysia waste management system via the Environmental Quality Act 1974 and the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007. However, these provisions in the policy are generic in nature without relevant regulations to enable its enforcement and as such the concept of EPR still remains on paper whereas the existing practice of EPR in Malaysia is limited through voluntary participation. In conclusion, policy trends of EPR in Malaysia seem to indicate that Malaysia may be embarking on the path towards EPR through the enactment of an EPR regulation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Malaysia; Waste management policy; Extended producer responsibility; Solid waste; Scheduled wastes
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Institute of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2011 03:19
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2019 07:19
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/1904

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