The Environment and Water Ministry (KASA) secretary-general, Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang said his ministry will cooperate with the state government to handle e-waste in flood-affected areas.
Previously the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) has advised all the parties involved with the post-flood clean-up not to burn their detritus but to relocate them to designated waste disposal sites instead.
For the sake of the environment, Zaini asks that the rubbish gathered could be further separated into three categories including e-waste for recycling.
He added that household waste like furniture should be taken to disposal sites while other types of waste such as clothes and food should be separated for disposal by pyrolysis or other portable methods.
To facilitate this, KASA has approved the use of portable pyrolysis – thermal decomposition of materials in an inert atmosphere – to help with the cleanup process.
The e-waste, on the other hand, will be taken to registered collection centres or designated premises licensed by the Department of Environment (DOE).
He added that e-waste, such as smartphones, TVs, appliances, toys, and anything with a circuit board in them, should not be burnt as it can affect air quality and jeopardise the health of those who inhale the smoke.