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Only 1.5% e-waste recycled via institutional process: Study

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A meagre 1.5 per cent of the total e-waste generated in is recycled through an institutional process, a study by industry body said today.

The top three Asian countries with the highest e-waste generation in absolute quantities are (6 million tonnes), (2.2 million tonnes) and (1.7 million tonnes), it said.

The global quantity of e-waste is expected to touch 49.8 million tonnes by 2018 from the current level of 47.8 million tonnes, it added.

Various health and environmental issues are involved in the informal recycling activities.

E-waste contains various toxic substances such as mercury and lead.

About 80 per cent of e-waste workers in suffer from respiratory ailments and "children are usually among the most exposed to toxic fumes on a daily- basis", the study noted.

It suggested the to rework on laws for waste management and a separate department in urban local bodies with a view to deal with the situation.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, September 15 2017. 17:42 IST