Technology has become an essential part of our lives. Today everyone is fond of smart technologies; whether it is a smartphone or any other device, we love to use it!
In 2017, we generated 17 Lakhs tons of e-waste. The e-waste at home or office is disposed of either through authorised companies or the unorganised sector.
The combined processing capacity of the authorised sector is only 5 lakh tons.
What happens to the remaining e-waste?.
The unorganised sector processes the majority of the e-waste in India. Unorganised sector is an integral part of our country’s economy and has a well-established network for waste collection and processing. One should appreciate their efficient network for waste collection, but not the way the e-waste is processed by them.
The essence of e-waste processing by the unorganised sector is similar to the formal sector, but the tools and processes are not environmental and worker friendly. The worker uses primitive tools for dismantling without any safety equipment and are exposed to carcinogenic gases. The leachate to extract metals is disposed into water bodies without any treatment. Since the unorganized sector follows unscientific ways without any proper tools, it enables them to pay more to the consumer while they buy the e-waste.
The export of the most hazardous and valuable e-waste namely, the printed circuit board with valuable metals is a significant roadblock to India, which is in dire need of these metals.
Let’s follow proper disposal through authorised companies, and ensure recycle in and for India.
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