E- Waste Status and Management in India

Vikas Gupta, Ajay Kumar


Due to improvement in our standard of life  and technology advancement more e- waste is generated now. Quantity of e- waste is continuously increasing not in the developing countries but also in the poorer countries. The disposal of E–waste is a matter of concerns,   as it contains hazardous materials. E- waste also contains high purity precious metals. In this review article we review the definition of e-waste, composition , and current situation of the e waste in the world. Status of E-waste in India and effects of E-waste constituents  on  environment and human health is described. In all Indian states Maharashtra is the highest producer of WEEE  Andhra Pardesh and Tamilnadu are at second and third number. Because of  the many fold increase  in  hazards  due to increase in E-waste and recycling  by untrained technicians using old methods there is a regulatory responses to the E- waste phenomenon. The aim of The Basel Convention and the Bamako Convention to prevent and minimize the trans boundary passage of hazardous waste is described. Methodologies  used to minimize the E-waste  in India are described. Management of  E-Waste in India is highlighted. At Last  list of organization processing e-waste in India along with their URL is provided.

Keywords: E-Waste, WEEE, Reduction, Recycling, Environment, Human Health, Basel Convention, The Bamako Convention, Extended Producer Responsibility.

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