E-waste, something that has been talked a lot about! It is estimated that Pune generates more than 40 tonnes of E-waste per day, therefore we need to find a durable solution to it. But, do we know a few basic things related to it? E-waste is an inevitable part of our lives and that’s exactly why we should know a few things regarding its management.
Here are some of the important facts that we need to consider about the E-waste:
1. Who can collect E-waste?
E-waste collection by Team Aagla-Wegla in Pune
The Government of India has introduced a license for the E-waste collectors. This license is issued only to the individuals or organizations that have specific skills and knowledge of handling the E-waste. Giving away your E-waste to the licensed authorities guarantees its proper disposal.
2. Importance of Dismantling the E-waste
The E-waste dismantling process by Shree Recyclers
The dismantling process differentiates the formal and informal E-waste collectors from each other. The informal collectors like the scrap dealers degrade the value of E-waste by crushing or breaking it without knowing the importance of the contents in it. During this process many scrap dealers are also injured due to the lack of dismantling skills. This leads to the decrease in the value of E-waste. Therefore, dismantling of E-waste by formal collectors such as the licensed authorities assures high efficiency in recycling.
3. Metals need to be extracted from the E-waste for reuse
Extraction of valuable metals by Shree Recyclers
Every electronic product is an assembly of plastic and metal. Out of it, the metals stand out with a very high economic value. The metals like platinum, cadmium, lithium, aluminum, etc. can be reused by extracting it carefully from the E-waste. The reuse of these metals ultimately helps to decrease the cost of raw materials.
4. E-waste consists of many hazardous substances
E-waste collection by Shree Recyclers
The chemicals used in the refrigerators, television sets, etc. are hazardous to human health. The metals like mercury are considered dangerous as it might lead to various cardiovascular diseases. If the E-waste is not disposed properly, these toxic elements can interfere in the food chain and ultimately affect the whole biological cycle.
What do we need to do?
Considering the above facts, it is very much necessary for each one of us to dispose our E-waste in a proper manner. It is also necessary to identify the valid E-waste collectors and recyclers in order to avoid further problems related to human health and environment.
Let’s do our bit and give away the E-waste to the licensed authorities! Let’s play our role in our city’s waste management!
-Filed by Omkar Nikam