Recycling infra lags behind e-waste generated: Javadekar

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on June 21, 2019 Published on June 21, 2019

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There is an acute shortage of e-waste recycling infrastructure in the country according to data shared by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. There is no comprehensive domestic assessment of the e-waste generated in the country either.

“Comprehensive inventorisation of e-waste generation in the country has not been done. However, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in 2005 estimated 1.47 lakh tonnes of e-waste in the country and simultaneously had projected 8.0 lakh tonnes of e-waste generation in the year 2010,” Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, said in response to a question in the Lok Sabha.


“As per the Global E-waste Monitor 2017 Report of United Nations University the annual generation of e-waste in India was 2 million tonnes in 2016,” Javadekar said.

“As per the information available with Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), 304 dismantlers and recyclers have been granted authorisation by 18 State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs)/Pollution Control Committees (PCCs). These authorised dismantlers and recyclers have equipment and facilities for environmentally sound processing of e-waste, the cumulative annual processing capacity of these units are 7,80,865 tonnes,” Javadekar said.

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Published on June 21, 2019
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