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Delhi-NCR will generate 1,50,000 MT e-waste by 2020: ASSOCHAM study

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Region (NCR) is likely to generate about 1,50,000 metric tonnes (MT) of e-per annum by 2020 from the current level of 85,000 metric tonnes growing at compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 25%, reveals Council on Climate Change & latest findings.

The factors attributed are low organized recycling, cross-border flow of equipment into India, limited reach out and awareness regarding disposal, and lack of coordination between various authorities are responsible for the non-involvement of municipalities in E-management, adds the paper.

Releasing the paper, Mr. D S Rawat, said, -is turning into the world's e-dumping yard with the capital alone getting 85 percent of generated in the developed world, reveals the latest study.

E-is directly linked to the economic growth of the country and also overall consumer spending pattern. India's economic growth has lifted millions of people from lower-income group to middle and high-income groups and increased purchasing power.

The paper further reveals that (US) is ranked top acquiring the highest share of importing e-in followed by and (EU). Looking at the country-wise share in India's e-imports, US has a maximum share of around 42%, at around 30% followed by at around 18% and rest 10% is from other countries like Taiwan, South Korea, etc, adds the paper.

Computer equipment accounts for almost 68 percent of e-followed by (12 percent), (8 percent) and medical equipment (7 percent). Other equipment, including household e-scrap, accounts for the remaining 5 percent, the study said.

said that as many as 12,500 mobile handsets, 8,500 TV sets and 5,500 personal computers are dismantled in the city every day for reuse of their component parts and materials as these products are getting more affordable and more and more people are using them. Increasing usage also leads to more of them coming up for disposal, thus increasing the rate of obsolescence and replacement, the report said.

E-typically includes discarded computer monitors, motherboards, Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT), Printed (PCB), and chargers, compact discs, headphones, white goods such as Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD)/ Plasma televisions, air conditioners, refrigerators and so on.

With increasing use of these in our everyday life, e-is also piling up. Almost half of all unused and end-of-life electronic products lie idle in landfills, junkyards and warehouses, it said.

Less than 1.5 percent of India's total gets recycled due to absence of proper infrastructure, legislation and framework. The country produces approximately 1.3 million metric tonnes of e-per annum, noted the study.

These products have components that contain toxic substances like lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, plastic, PVC, BFRs, barium, beryllium, and carcinogens like carbon black and heavy metals. This deadly mix can cause severe health problems in those handling the waste, adds the paper.

Mr. further also added that each state should develop its own yards in the respective cities so that the environmental hazards would be minimized in Delhi-

The parts are dismantled and the burnt to extract expensive metals, including gold. The toxic fumes and the constant touch with metals like mercury, lead or cadmium can give rise to a host of ailments for workers involved in the unsupervised and unsafe process.

As per the findings, about 6,00,000 workers are employed in the various organized and unorganized units in the state, the report noted. Alarmingly, only a small fraction of the total e-generated in the country is getting recycled.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 10:20 IST
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