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E-Waste Recycled Annually

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BUT, WHAT IS E-WASTE?

Electronic waste or e-waste describes discarded electrical or electronic devices. Used electronics which are destined for refurbishment, reuse, resale, salvage recycling through material recovery, or disposal are also considered e-waste. Informal processing of e-waste in developing countries can lead to adverse human health effects and environmental pollution.

Electronic scrap components, such as CPUs, contain potentially harmful materials such as lead, cadmium, beryllium, or brominated flame retardants. E-waste is considered the “fastest-growing waste stream in the world” with 44.7 million tonnes generated in 2016- equivalent to 4500 Eiffel towers.In 2018, an estimated 50 million tonnes of e-waste was reported, thus the name ‘tsunami of e-waste’ given by the UN.
Proper recycling and disposal of electronics is not only important for the environment but it also has a big impact on data security as well. It’s quite easy for anyone to extract personal data from electronic devices. Dragging your important documents to the Recycling Bin won’t be enough to keep your data secure. That’s because digital information often leaves a trail of breadcrumbs that can be recovered effortlessly using the right hardware.

E-WASTE IN INDIA

According to the joint study by ASSOCHAM-NEC, out of the total e-waste produced in 2016, only 20 per cent (8.9 MT) is documented to be collected properly and recycled, while there is no record of the remaining e-waste.

The study also gives numbers on which electronic item contributes more towards e-waste. Within e-waste generated in India, computer equipment has a major share – it accounts for almost 70 per cent of the waste material, telecommunication equipment covers 12 per cent, electrical equipment 8 per cent, medical equipment 7 per cent and other items make up for the remaining 4 per cent.

As per the joint study, of 2 million tonnes (MT) of e-waste generated in India, Maharashtra leads among states and generates 19.8 per cent (3,96,000 TPA) of e-waste, but recycles only about 47,810 TPA. While Tamil Nadu generates 13 per cent (2,60,000 TPA), it recycles 52,427 TPA. Uttar Pradesh which contributes by 10.1 per cent (2,02,000) recycles 86,130 TPA.
According to the report, the reason behind the poor state of e-waste management in India is low level of infrastructure, legislation and framework. Despite having over 160 units to process e-waste, only around 22 per cent (4.3 TPA or 4,38,085 TPA) of the e-waste is recycled in India. Considering the number of e-waste recycling units in the country and the e-waste generated in India, the country needs more number of recycling units.
It is time that India increase the number of e-waste recycling units and tackle the waste at war footing.

WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?

RecoNext aims at improving the current E-Waste scenario in India by providing apt measures to dispose off the waste and also to spread awareness on how to treat devices better to make them last longer. Specialized in electronic management, we test devices aptly to decide what procedure it should go through, which parts are reusable, how should it be recycled and redeployed. Data being the most important asset today, should be disposed well. We handle that by our latest cutting edge techniques. Know more about us and our services here.