E-Waste

WHAT IS E-WASTE ?

E-Waste is defined as electronic or electrical equipments / products that has become obsolete because of 

          •        Development in technology

          •        Changes in fashion, style or status

          •        Nearing the end of their useful life

 

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E-Waste is anything with an electricity conducting wire inside. 
 
 
CLASSIFICATION OF E-WASTE 
 
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E-WASTE GENERATION AND STATISTICS
 
In India E-Waste is generated from …
 
      -    Individual Households.
      -    Public and Private Sectors.
      -    Government Offices & Institutions. 
      -    Computer Retailers & Service Centers.
      -    Manufacturers.
 
greencare e-recycleDuring 2005,  1,46,180 tonnes of E-Waste was generated in the country, which is expected to increase 8,00,000 tonnes by 2012. A survey carried out by the CPCB.
 
 
 
 
COMPOSITION OF E-WASTE
 
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OPPORTUNITIES WITH E-WASTE

- If  "Managed" safely by  Recycling , E-Waste can be secondary source of raw material.

         •   Economic

               -   Revenue generation from recovered materials.

         •  Environment

               -   Natural resources  conversion.

               -   Reduction in pollution.

         •  Social

               -   Employment Generation.

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BENEFIT OF RECYCLING

       -    75% of the energy needed to make steel from virgin material.

       -     40% of the water required in production.greencare e-recycle

       -    1.28 tons of solid waste.

       -    Reduction of air emissions by 86%.

       -    Reduction of water pollution by 76%.

Every ton of Aluminum recycled makes the following savings :

       -    6 tons of bauxite.greencare e-recycle

       -    4 tons of chemical products.

       -    14 MW of electricity.

   

It takes 70% less energy to recycle plastics.

It takes 40% less energy to recycle Glass.

Every ton of Paper recycled saves 17 fully grown trees.

PROBLEM WITH E-WASTE RECYCLING

       -    Presence of hazardous materials.greencare e-recycle

       -    High rate of generation.

       -    Illegal imports.

       -    Lack of awareness.

       -    Lack of proper rules.

       -    Improper recycling practices.

       -    Child labours !!!

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  E-WASTE IS HAZARDOUS ? 

Waste electronic equipments in its original form are not Hazardous the concern is

 Improper disposal practices adopted for these equipments because it contains hazardous materials…

LESSON LEARNT

       -    E-Waste is not available in large quantities as against studies conducted by NGOs.

       -    Lack of adequate number of recyclers in an organized sector.

       -    Lack of collection and logistics.

       -    Well networked backyard recyclers.

       -    Lack of policy & rules for E-Waste management.

       -    Disposal of lamps is major problem. No recyclers of lamps are available.

       -    Disposal of batteries has been a cause of concern.

       -    Need for R & D that can fit in to Indian conditions.

       -    Funds are available for studies, but not for solutions.

 

   THINK ABOUT PROPER DISPOSAL OF E-WASTE OR FORGET ABOUT YOUR FUTURE