Residents of Lake Town have come forward to set up a community-based e-waste collection centre to prevent unscientific disposal of electronic goods that can trigger environmental hazards.
The e-waste collection centre has been set up with the help of All India Women’s Conference, a non-government organisation, and Hulladek, an e-waste management company. With India featuring among the top five e-waste generating countries, the state pollution control board has advocated the setting up of such collection centres in different parts of Kolkata and other major towns where e-waste generation has witnessed an abrupt jump in the past decade.
Feature phones, short-lived pagers, CD players, tape recorders, video cassette players and other electronic goods that have become obsolete but are gathering dust at homes have found their way into the collection centre.
“Discarded e-waste can release harmful chemicals. Use-and-throw is the mantra for the users of electronic gadgets now. So, e-waste needs to be managed efficiently and recycled scientifically,” said Shikha Mitra, president of AIWC east Kolkata unit.
According to the e-waste dealer, Md Basar, the waste produced by computers earlier are similar to the one by cellphones, notebooks and white goods like refrigerator, microwave, washing machine and other appliances. “Gradually, conventional waste will decline and e-waste will go up. At present, we cannibalize parts and extract precious metals. But when the volume goes up, there will be a need for proper waste collection and recovery guidelines,” said Basar.
Source: Times of India