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E-Waste Disposal: The Apparent Trends in Consumer Behaviour and Awareness

The general citizens though aware of the concept of waste disposal and management, are not aware of the E-waste and the whole concept of it. The article from Cerebra Technologies, traverses across the trends and what we are not aware regarding E-Waste

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V Ranganathan, Founder & MD, Cerebra Integrated Technologies

With greater awareness of general waste management through Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachta Abhiyan’, the general citizens are becoming increasingly aware of the concept of waste disposal and management. However, the population remains largely unaware of the concept of Electronic Waste or E-Waste.

E-Waste, comprising of waste electronics/ electrical goods, including Laptops, Smartphones, Tablets, Computers, Monitors, Servers, Printers, Television sets, Refrigerators, Air conditioners, Washing Machines and computer monitors etc., have been steadily building up to become a substantial problem. Further, the lethal environmental and health hazards associated with the informal handling of E-Waste is a looming threat that needs to address urgently.

According to a joint survey by ASSOCHAM-KPMG, India recorded an approximate 18 lakh metric tonnes of e-waste in 2016, which amounts to about 12% the global e-waste production. Further, being the fifth largest producer of e-waste in the world, India currently recycles less than 2% of the total e-waste it produces annually. With the sudden and sharp increase in the consumption of Electronics like Laptops, smartphones etc. the frequency of older models being discarded to replace newer versions is a fast catching trend, adding to E-Waste.

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