• 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
• OPPORTUNITIES WITH E-WASTE
- If "Managed" safely by Recycling , E-Waste can be secondary source of raw material.
- Revenue generation from recovered materials.
- Natural resources conversion.
- Reduction in pollution.
- Employment Generation.
• BENEFIT OF RECYCLING
- 75% of the energy needed to make steel from virgin material.
- 40% of the water required in production.
- 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.
- 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.
- High rate of generation.
- Illegal imports.
- Lack of awareness.
- Lack of proper rules.
- Improper recycling practices.
- Child labours !!!
• 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