As the industry pioneer and market leader, Ecoreco provides an end to end seamlessly integrated solution for e-waste management to Multi-National Companies (MNC), Indian Multi-National Corporates (Indian MNC), other Corporates, Retailers, Bulk Consumers, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), Government Departments, NGOs, Households, Philanthropy Organisations, Educational Institutions and all other entities willing to discard their e-waste in an environment friendly manner.
Deshwal Waste Management
In effect since 1st day of October, 2016 the government has provided an extended number of comprehensive guidelines that address the industry responsible for treating the E-waste and play the most important role in the process of conversion of waste to gold.
The notifications call for the respective dismantlers to obtain authorisation from the CPCB and ensure that the SPCB guidelines are maintained and upheld to the word. Further the dismantlers are instructed to ensure segregation of the dismantled E-waste before sending it further to recycling facilities, having proper means of storage and transportation. They are provided with responsibility to segregate the recyclable and non-recyclable waste and maintain a comprehensive record of the same, which they are urged to make available for scrutiny by the CPCB.
The collection centres as well have been assigned to collect E-waste on behalf of producer or dismantler or refurbisher including those arising from orphaned products.
They too are expected to ensure proper implementation of the CPCB guidelines and conduct proper assessments to make sure the same is in order. The storage and security of the products, before sending it further to entitled parties is assigned to be the prime responsibility of collection centres along with their objective of safe guarding the environment.
All the obtained E-waste are expected to be recorded in accordance with Form 2, provided in GSR 338(E) and made available to scrutiny by CPCB or SPCB.
These Guidelines give just an overview of the duties and responsibilities of one of the most important stakeholders of E-waste and we believe that their responsibilities though legal are limited to these, in practice they must be much more. To ensure that this becomes more than just words there is dire call for general awareness on this matter and the now informed reader is expected to shoulder this responsibility with us.
A large number of electronic gadgets ends up as waste every year in India. Over two million metric tonnes of electronic waste was produced in India in 2016. The number is increasing rapidly as the use of electronics increases. A huge amount of electronic waste produced by other countries also ends up in India. Some studies report that almost 70 per cent of electronic waste handled in India is produced elsewhere in spite of a reported import ban on electronic waste.
Unfortunately, India is able to recycle only one or two per cent of its electronic waste. Most other waste remains in landfills or informal dumps, leading to health and environmental concerns on account of the toxic material found in such waste. In fact, electronic waste constitutes, by far, the largest fraction of toxic waste in a landfill in India. Even for the small fraction of electronic waste that is being recycled, the informal sector handles over 90 per cent of the recycling. The lack of tools, training and resources makes this sector - one million strong with over 50 per cent children - particularly vulnerable.