Future Thinking: E-Waste Management

With growing dependencies on computers and related peripherals, the amount of e-waste being generated in India is enormous, running into millions of tons every year. Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore top the list in terms of total e-waste being generated in the country. Now, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to create a road map to deal with all the e-waste generated by the city and to prepare for a future e-waste management plant.

Swapnil Rawal reports in this article at the Indian Express:

The core committee would have members from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), Department of Environment along with officials of the civic bodies in the MMR. 

It is great that the authorities concerned are showing some great foresight with regards to this growing issue:

Shah said that the MMR, especially Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, will face a serious problem over the handling of e-waste in years to come. “It’s something like the scenario the civic body faced around 25-30 years back with solid waste in Mumbai,” Shah stated. 

The article goes on to say:

The core committee, besides locating a site for the proposed processing plant, will also frame guidelines for the collection and transportation of the waste from designated centres to the plant, which would be operated by private players. 

Read the complete article here.

Image courtesy: http://ewasteguide.info (which is also a great site to know more about e-waste management)

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