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E-Waste management and its safe recycling : remains a pipe dream in India

Bijay S. Singha* & Ranveer Kumara
*aDepartment of Applied Chemistry, C.I.T., Tatisilwai, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Received 10th December, 2013; Revised 30th January, 2014

Abstract : Electronic waste or e-waste is one of the rapidly growing problems of the world and India as well. E-waste comprises of a multitude of components, that containing a number of substances. Some of which are toxic and have an adverse impact on human health and the environment if not handled properly. In India, e-waste management is of greater significance not only due to the generation of its own e-waste but also because of the dumping of e-waste from developed countries. This is coupled with India’s lack of appropriate infrastructure and technology for its disposal and recycling. There is an urgent need of detailed assessment of current and future scenario including quantification, characteristics, existing disposal practices, need of latest technology for maximum explanation with least environmental impacts etc. Establishment of e-waste collection, exchange and recycling centre should be encouraged. Policy level interventions should include development of e-waste regulation, control of import and export of e-wastes and facilitation in development of infrastructure. An effective take back programme providing incentives for producers to design product having less wasteful, contain fewer toxic components and are easier to disassemble , re-use and recycle may help in reducing ewastes. End-of-life management should be made a priority in the design of new electronic products.

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