By Anil Mathews (ScrapMonster Author)
March 07, 2016 04:08:43 AM
NEW DELHI (Scrap Monster): The latest study report released by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) indicates that Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) is becoming the world’s e-waste dumping yard.
According to ASSOCHAM study, e-waste generation by Delhi-NCR is estimated to rise to about 1,07,000 metric tonnes by 2017, significantly higher by almost 25% when compared with the current levels of 68,000 metric tonnes.
The report notes that organized recycling has not witnessed any significant thrust in the region. Lack of co-ordination between various authorities responsible for safe disposal of e-waste is also cited as one of the reasons for the rising e-waste volumes. The other factors that contribute to the mounting e-waste menace include flow of waste equipment into the country from developed nations and the lack of awareness about systematic disposal techniques.
Delhi-NCR generates nearly 10,000 metric tonnes of waste every day. Estimates suggest that over 10,000 mobile phones, 7,500 television sets and 4,500 PCs are dismantled in the city every day. Only a small percentage of them are handled by organized recyclers. Improper handling of discarded electronics items lead to increased emission of toxic substances like lead, cadmium, mercury etc, which can lead to severe health issues. Almost 68% of the e-waste comprises of computer equipment, followed by telecommunication equipment (12%), electrical equipment (8%) and medical equipment (7%).
In addition, it is one of the major recipients of e-waste from developed countries. US is the largest exporter of e-waste to India. The country accounts for nearly 42% share of India’s e-waste imports, followed by China with 30% and Europe with 18%. The report notes that Asian countries such as Taiwan, South Korea, Japan etc., account for almost 10% share of the country’s e-waste import.