Recyling can curb harzardious effects of e-waste, says MAIT
Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology (MAIT) organized an informational event on “e-waste rules for bulk consumers” in partnership with the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Central Pollution Control Board and MPCB in Mumbai.
The speakers at the event highlighted that e-waste generated is expected to touch 1,50,000 metric tonnes per year by 2020. Of the total e waste generated in the country, 50 percentage came from the city of Mumbai alone, which was close to 11,000 metric tonnes, followed by other big cities.
UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said, “MMRDA got acquainted with the e waste management sector in 2009. The national inventory for e-waste was carried out in 2005-2006, and later, an inventory by the MPCB for e waste in Mumbai and Pune. There is a gap between growth of e-waste and its management.”
It should be noted that in 2010, it was initiated that MPCB would be handling the regulatory aspects, while MMRDA would provide infrastructural support, whereas the present rules for e waste governance came later in 2012. Madan added that there is a lack of clarity amongst recyclers when they participate in the expression of interest. There is a wide gap between the organised and unorganised sector when it comes to e waste collection mechanism and the actual recycling. Now, it is necessary to let the experts integrate the organised and unorganised sector while the MMRDA can look to provide infrastructural support to aid the process.
“We are concerned about the amount of e waste present and its estimation in the coming years. As India is not prepared to manage such a large problem, hence, we need to streamline the degradation process of e-waste. Consumers need to be aware and responsible about this situation and only by drifting towards organised recycling we can try to curb the harzardious effects of e-waste,” said Anwar Shirpurwala, Executive Director, MAIT.
Virendra Singh, Director IT, Government of Maharashtra, said “Maharashtra is one of the leading states as far as e governance is concerned. The city is fast progressing as far as IT related innovations are concerned. Maharashtra in fact tops the country as far as e governance related activities are concerned. We need to be aware and prepared in terms of handling technology that becomes obsolete.
He believes that the computer peripherals account for close to 60-70 percentage of hazardous waste generated by the industry including mercury, lead, etc. that have long-standing health effects on human body. “We need to concentrate on methods of disposal of waste that at present seem insufficient to tackle the huge amounts of waste generated,” said Singh.
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