Cam­paign for Re­spon­si­ble E-waste Dis­posal and Man­age­ment

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Bengaluru: Un­der the aegis of the Min­istry of Elec­tron­ics and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (MeitY) ini­tia­tive, ‘Aware­ness on En­vi­ron­men­tal Haz­ards of Elec­tronic Waste’, RLG has part­nered with Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion for In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (MAIT) to drive the Clean to Green cam­paign in In­dia. The cam­paign seeks to fur­ther MeitY’s ob­jec­tive of cre­at­ing outreach and ad­vo­cacy on re­spon­si­ble dis­posal of elec­tronic waste. The Clean to Green cam­paign will en­com­pass 30 cities across 26 states and 4 union ter­ri­to­ries.

The pri­mary fo­cus of the Aware­ness Pro­gramme on En­vi­ron­men­tal Haz­ards of Elec­tronic Waste is to cre­ate aware­ness among dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers (in­clud­ing schools, col­leges, RWAs, bulk con­sumers, deal­ers, re­fur­bish­ers, in­for­mal sec­tor and man­u­fac­tur­ers) in or­der to re­duce the ad­verse im­pact on en­vi­ron­ment and health due to im­proper dis­posal of e-waste. This pro­gramme un­der the Dig­i­tal In­dia and Swacch Bharat mis­sions aims to en­hance proper dis­posal and re­cy­cling of ewaste such that en­vi­ron­men­tal and health haz­ards are mit­i­gated.

Cur­rently, In­dia ranks fifth among the largest pro­duc­ers of e-waste around the globe (it pro­duced 2 mil­lion tonnes of e-waste in 2016 **** ), and just 1.5 per­cent of all e-waste gen­er­ated in the coun­try is re­cy­cled ap­pro­pri­ately; This may be as­so­ci­ated with lack of aware­ness about e-waste re­cy­cling, and the dis­jointed un­or­gan­ised sec­tor and its ap­a­thy to­wards waste col­lec­tion and re­cy­cling ***** . It is es­ti­mated that by the year 2020, In­dia will be gen­er­at­ing al­most 52 lakh met­ric tons of e-waste. Presently, this fig­ure is es­ti­mated at 18 lakh met­ric tons*. Fur­ther, around 76% of e-waste work­ers in In­dia suf­fer from res­pi­ra­tory ail­ments**, and In­dia’s e-waste con­tin­ues to in­crease at 30% an­nu­ally***. Safe and ap­pro­pri­ate re­cy­cling of e-waste re­duces air, soil and wa­ter pol­lu­tion, and also en­sures a move to­wards re­source ef­fi­ciency and cir­cu­lar econ­omy.

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