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Now what about the E-waste?

Ever wonder what happens to the Laptop’s , Desktop’s, CD’s, keyboard’s etc. that we do away with? Certainly some of it can be repaired and recycled, but a large portion of E-waste is considered to be the “most” toxic of all waste material and needs to be disposed off in the proper scientific ways.

However, the problem is not just the increasing rate of e-waste being generated in the country, it is also to do with India (amongst other emerging countries)  becoming the dumping ground of e-waste for developed nations.

According to the parliamentary panel there are numerous reports indicating that e-wastes are being shipped to developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America from developed nations under the garb of “used goods” to pass on the hazards associated with it and to “avoid” the cost of legitimate recycling.

Courtesy: Basel Convention
Courtesy: Basel Convention

Thereafter the parliamentary panel has recommended creation of a legislative and enforcement mechanism to prevent India from becoming a dumping ground of e-waste for developed nations. It recommends that the government should take all necessary steps to strengthen and expand the network of authorised collection centres as well as registered recyclers and dismantlers in the country in a big way so as to ensure safe and scientific disposal of e-waste.

It said that there are ~126 registered e-waste recyclers or dismantlers in 12 states of India but a large part of the work is still being carried out by unorganised sector.

You will be surprised to see the difference in handling and processing of ‎e-waste between an ‎authorized ‎recycler and unauthorized sector in ‎India. Watch out this video to know more:

Source: NDTV