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Less than 5% of total e-waste in India recycled: Assocham

India, growing at a compounded growth of about 20%, annually genertes over 4.4 lakh tonne of e-waste

Press Trust of India  |  Bangalore 

Less than five per cent of India's total electronic waste (e-waste) gets recycled due to absence of proper infrastructure, legislation and framework, industry body said today.

In its analysis on the World Environment Day, it said that India, growing at a compounded annual growth rate of about 20%, annually generates over 4.4 lakh tonnes of

Almost half of all unused and end-of-life electronic products lie idle in landfills, junkyards and warehouses, it said.

accounts for almost 68% of material followed by telecommunication equipment (12%), (eight) and medical equipment (seven). Other equipment, including household e-crap account for the remaining five per cent, it said.

"Over 90% of generated in India is managed by the unorganised sector and scrap dealers in this market dismantle the disposed products instead of recycling it," General Secretary D S Rawat said, while releasing the findings of the chamber's analysis.

However most of these products can be recycled, refurbished and redeployed going down the value chain and reused by a bit of reconstruction process, reducing overall impact on the environment, he said.

Though the organised sector accounts for less than 10% of the recycling business, there is huge scope for growth as the recyclers and suppliers are engaging with IT giants and other enterprises to dispose e-devices efficiently, he said.

suggested that used computers and discarded consumer durables be collected and donated to schools and orphanages run by non-profit organisations and other agencies involved in social cause through refurbishment.

"Besides, E-recyclers must use the platform of industry bodies like to avoid bottlenecks in building an effective reverse supply chain for and together support the government to promote advanced collection methods and create awareness amid consumers vis-à-vis environmental impact of e-waste," he said.

requested the government to collaborate with industry through the chambers to create social consciousness amid consumers to take care of the environment, thereby ensuring safe management of

"Industry and government promoting such a campaign together would certainly add legitimacy to the industry’s commitment towards awakening the consumers," he said.

Releasing its green-initiatives advisory, urged industry leaders to improve environmental sustainability by extracting full functional value from their e-assets by getting them recycled instead of discarding them well ahead of their useful life in favour of more sophisticated electronic devices.

First Published: Tue, June 05 2012. 16:52 IST