What is E-waste?
E-waste or Electronic waste is defined in E-waste management and handling rules 2011. Some of the personal/house hold items
classified as E-waste (when these are being discarded) are listed below:
Personal Computers (including all input and output devices)
Laptop Computers (including all input and output devices)
Notebook/ Notepad/ Tablet computers
Printers including cartridges
Electrical and electronic typewriters
User terminals and systems
Telex/Telephone/Pay telephones/cordless telephones
Television sets (including sets based on liquid crystal display –LCD
& Light Emitting Diode –LED Technology)
Hazards due to improper disposal of E-waste
Improper disposal of E-waste results into accumulation of harmful chemicals in soil, water and food. Primitive recycling techniques like
dismantling & burning of cables and printed circuit boards (PCB) for extraction of Copper & Gold expose workers to range of hazardous
substances due to direct contact with harmful material and toxic fumes. Children are more vulnerable to health risks when exposed to E-waste.
Therefore, it is important for us to ensure that E-waste is disposed as per defined guidelines and rules.
How to dispose E-waste?
As per E-waste management and handling rules 2011, ‘Responsibilities of Producers’ towards safe disposal of E-waste have been notified by
Govt. of India. In addition to many other things, it also includes setting up collection centres to re-collect its products after
‘end of life’ and establishing systems for environmentally sound management of E-waste. Many manufacturers have already established such
collection centres across India.
In addition, there are units registered with Ministry of Environment and Forest /Central Pollution Control Board as recyclers/re-processors
having environmentally sound management facilities for E-waste.
As a consumer and end user of electronic gadgets, one is required to dispose E-waste only through these collection