Malaysia’s Department of Environment (DOE) has mandated exporters to provide e-waste and depollution certificates for scrap metal shipments to Malaysia effective immediately.
The country has imposed new regulations on suppliers of ferrous, copper and aluminium scrap to restrict the inflow of hazardous waste along with scrap metals. As per these regulations, suppliers are expected to provide necessary certificates after inspection for each shipment before the cargo arrives in Malaysia.
The e-waste certificate requires the exporting country to certify that the total shipment weight contains no more than 0.3pc of e-waste, including waste from electrical and electronic installations containing components such as accumulators, mercury switches, glass from cathode rays and activated glass or other polycyclic biphenyl capacitors, or contaminated with cadmium, mercury, lead, nickel, chromium, copper, lithium, silver, manganese or biphenyl polycyclic.
This certificate must be issued by a party from the country of origin recognized by the Department of Standards, Malaysia. It can also be issued by an accredited inspection agency, recognized by the country of origin.
The depollution certificate will provide proof from the exporter that material shipped is free from contaminants and hazardous waste.