Future of E-Waste in India

The Future of E-waste in India You may know that electronic waste is one of the fastest growing kinds of waste streams in the world. Electronic waste is waste generated from electronic goods, primarily made-up of metals and plastics and containing toxic substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and flame-retardants. India with its magnitude and is obviously at the forefront of this rapid growth in e-waste which, if recycled in a non-scientific manner, can lead not only to a terrible waste of diminishing natural resources but also cause the irreparable damage to the environment and to the health of the people working within this industry. On the other hand, if tackled safely and scientifically, this ‘trash’ can be re-used, recycled, and will greatly reduce our carbon footprint, our unsustainable dependence on virgin metals mining, and allow us to leave a healthier world for the generations to come. WHERE DOES THE PROBLEM LIE? In addition to the damage this e-waste stream causes to the environment, India also has the twin problem in which its domestic e-waste industry employs an informal sector (ragpickers-mostly living in slums and employing mostly children) that are unskilled, impoverished and, due to their un-scientific methods of…

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