More than 2 million metric tonnes of E-waste generated every year

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More than 2 million metric tonnes of E-waste generated every year

With more than 2 million metric tonnes of e-waste generated every year, India is the fourth largest e-waste producer in the world.

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This is an alarming situation, which needs immediate attention both at the policy and implementation levels. International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, and Karo Sambhav, a certified Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO), recently hosted an event to prioritize e-waste management as a public interest issue.

The event was held to mark the first anniversary of the International E-waste Day, declared by European Association of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Forum last year.

The Global E-waste Monitor, 2017 published by the United Nations University estimates that out of total e-waste generated annually, nearly 82 per cent is contributed by personal devices such as phones, tablets and laptops. According to a joint study by ASSOCHAM and NEC Technologies – India will consume $400 billion worth of electronic goods by 2020, generating an enormous growth in end-of-life products. In India about 95% of the waste is processed by the informal sector, using practices that are harmful to their health and the environment.

IFC is working with Karo Sambhav to build a locally relevant and responsible e-waste management solution across all states in India through IFC’s India e-waste Program.
Jun Zhang, IFC Country Head for India, said, “IFC supports the growth of a sustainable private sector-led e-waste management ecosystem in India and aims at finding a long-term and cost-effective solution to the industry’s challenge of collecting and disposing of e-waste in an economical and responsible manner.”

IFC’s India E-waste Program focuses on

  • (1) generating awareness
  • (2) supporting the establishment of a responsible e-waste management ecosystem through the PRO model and
  • (3) developing knowledge and data resources to support stakeholders in their implementation efforts.

IFC aims to mobilize investments towards the sector and support the development of a fair market.

Working closely with manufacturers, bulk consumers, and the informal sector, Pranshu Singhal, Founder, Karo Sambhav, said, “With the 2016 E-waste Rules and targets in place, India has made commendable progress in the management of e-waste since last year. The next big push will come by establishing standards across the value chain, using IT to drive accountability and transparency, focusing on de-pollution practices during recycling and introduction of recovery targets for collected e-waste.”

The India E-waste Program is supported by the Government of Japan and the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund of the World Bank Group.

 

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