Campaign for Responsible E-waste Disposal and Management
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.