E-Waste Disposal In India: A Critical Overview


Due to the rapid technological advancement India, faces a fast increasing load of Electronic waste, almost 10 million metric tons of e-waste generated per year. The current practices of e-waste management in India suffer from a number of drawbacks like the difficulty in inventory, unhealthy conditions of informal recycling; Electronic waste (e-waste) is one of the fastest-growing pollution problems worldwide. Much of the 2 million tonnes of electronic waste produced around the world, old smart phones, TVs, laptops and obsolete kitchen appliances finds its way illegally to India, which can contaminate the environment and threaten human health, if disposal are not properly managed.

Exporting e-waste to India worked out 10 times cheaper than processing it in within these countries. Since it is need to take necessary steps to avoid the future jeopardized situation because of e-waste. Inadequate legislation and policy, improper awareness and reluctance on part of the corporate to address the critical issues are the major factors worsen problems. This paper highlights the critical issues and strategies to address this emerging problem, analyses the policy and its faults.

Key words: E-waste, India, Human health, Policy development.

Hemant Pathak

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