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Study Reveals Alarming Rise in Discarded E-waste Volumes

Time:2018-05-31 19:54 Author:Suny Group

Among various categories of e-waste, computer waste accounted for highest share of e-waste. Nearly 68% of the total e-waste is comprised of discarded computer equipment.

The findings in the latest ASSOCHAM study report point to dramatic rise in e-waste volumes in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) over the next two years, ver much inline with the alarming jump in e-waste volumes by world countries. The study conducted by ASSOCHAM Council on Climate Change & Environment forecasts 25% CAGR growth leading into 2020. The region’s e-waste generation is likely to jump from current levels of 85,000 metric tonnes (MT) to nearly 150,000 MT by 2020. The report states that Delhi-NCR has turned out to become the world’s e-waste dumping yard.

According to the study, many regions in the country including Delhi-NCR do not provide organized recycling of generated e-waste. The flow of e-waste into the country from developed regions has witnessed sharp jump in recent years. Most residents have limited knowledge of responsible recycling, mainly on due to lack of adequate reach out and awareness programmes. The visible lack of co-ordination between various authorities is also one among many reasons cited for the mounting e-waste volumes.

ASSOCHAM study reveals that the US is the top exporter of e-waste into the country. Almost 42% of the e-waste reaching the country comes from the US. China with 30% share and Europe with 18% share are the other two large exporters of e-waste into India. The remaining 10% of electronic waste comes from other countries including Taiwan, South Korea, Japan etc, the study finds.

Among various categories of e-waste, computer waste accounted for highest share of e-waste. Nearly 68% of the total e-waste is comprised of discarded computer equipment. Telecommunication equipment (12%), electrical equipment (8%) and medical equipment (7%) are the other common categories of e-waste generated in the region. Household electronic scrap accounts for the remaining 5% share. As per study findings, as many as 12,500 mobile phones, 8,500 television sets and 5,500 computer units reach the e-waste stream every day.

An earlier study by the UN had predicted the global e-wste to exceed 50 million metric tons in 2018. The study projects the country’s total e-waste generation at around 1.3 million metric tonnes per year. Out of this only less than 2% of the waste are recycled properly. Most of the discarded waste are handled using primitive techniques, which in turn are found to release toxic chemicals harmful to environment and mankind.

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