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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Electronic Waste - Contribution of Mobile Phones and Tvs


As per a study sponsored by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, which was conducted by ELCINA-Electronic Industries Association of India mobile phones and televisions share is considerable towards e-waste.

1). The total units of mobile phones sold during 2007-08 were about 930 lakhs.

2). Compound annual growth rate for Mobile Phones during the year 2007-2008 was 73%.

3). The obsolescence rate of Mobile phones is estimated to be ranging from 1.8 to 2.0 years.

4). Total e-waste generated from Computers, Mobiles and TVs was 3,82,979 metric tonnes. Out of this 1655 MT (O.43% of total generation ) of e-waste was generated from mobile phones.

5). Bulk of e-waste accounted for by TVs (2, 75,000 MT) and computers (56,000 MT).

6). Out of 3,82,979 metric tonnes of e-waste , 1,44,143 metric tonnes of e-waste is available for recycling. Rest is stacked or not sold by consumers because of inappropriate resale value or used for lower level applications.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests has notified the Hazardous Wastes (Management, Handling and Trans-boundary Movement) Rules, 2008 for proper management and handling of hazardous wastes, including e-waste. The units, handling e-waste, need to register with CPCB now. At present, there are 14 dismantlers/recyclers registered with CPCB. The waste generated is required to be sent or sold to a registered or authorized recycler or re-processor or re-user having environmentally sound facilities for recovery of metals, plastics, etc.

The Guidelines for Environmentally Sound Management of e-waste published by CPCB in 2008 provide the approach and methodology for environmentally sound management of e-waste. These include details pertaining to hazardous content in e-waste, recycle, re-use and recovery option, treatment and disposal options and environmentally sound e-waste treatment technologies. The Guidelines emphasize the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility.

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