The organised sector handles only 10 per cent of e-waste. The rest is handled by the unorganised sector that employs unscientific methods.
Bangalore surely basked in the global glory of its “IT hub” tag for years. Thanks to the huge IT revenues it generated and the big ticket firms that dug deep roots here, Bangalore deserved that. But now, it is wake up time. No, not from its unrelenting garbage piles or its mounting civic problems, but this time from the rising threat of its electronic waste.
Everytime we replace an electronic gadget with its upgraded model, it becomes a headache to adjust or dump the redundant version in the right place.
Old computers, laptops, mobile phones, CDs, hard disks, washing machines, ovens etc either eat dust at homes, go to dustbin or go to kabadiwalla at meagre rates.
Violating norm, they treat e-waste as scrap; No one knows where Government e-waste goes
Backyard practitioners of e-waste pose a new and dangerous threat to the City’s fragile ecology and community health, revealed a survey.
Rules on electronic waste management were notified in May this year, but several electronics and electric equipment manufacturers in Delhi have not set up e-waste collection centres yet, say environmentalists.
Though it is more than a year since rules for the safe management and handling of electronic waste have come into effect, the progress of the implementation of the law is tardy and unsatisfactory. There was a long preparatory period after the framing of the rules but not much was done.