Delhi-NCR to generate 1.5 lakh tonnes of e-waste by 2020: Assocham

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on January 09, 2018

Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) is likely to generate about 1,50,000 tonnes of e-waste a year by 2020 from the current level of 85,000 tonnes, according to industry body Assocham.

E-waste is expected to be generated at compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 25 per cent in the Delhi-NCR region, the industry body said.

Growing problem

The Chamber cited factors such as low organised recycling, cross-border flow of waste equipment into the country, limited awareness regarding disposal, and lack of coordination between various agencies for non- involvement of municipalities in e-waste management.

“Less than 1.5 per cent of India’s total electronic waste gets recycled in the absence of proper infrastructure, legislation and framework. The country produced approximately 2.5 million tonnes of e-waste in 2017,” Assocham said.

The e-waste products have components that contain toxic substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, plastic, PVC (polyvinyl chloride), BFRs (brominated flame retardants), barium, beryllium, and carcinogens such as carbon black and heavy metals. This deadly mix can cause severe health problems in those handling the waste.

Pile break-up

“Looking at the country-wise share in India’s e-waste imports, the US has the maximum share of around 42 per cent and China at around 30 per cent, followed by Europe at around 18 per cent and the remaining 10 per cent from countries like Taiwan, South Korea, Japan etc,” Assocham said in a statement.

Computer equipment accounts for almost 68 per cent of e-waste, followed by telecommunication equipment (12 per cent), electrical equipment (8 per cent) and medical equipment (7 per cent). Other equipment, including household e-scrap, accounts for the remaining 5 per cent, the Chamber said.

It said that as many as 12,500 mobile handsets, 8,500 TV sets and 5,500 personal computers are dismantled in the city every day for re-use of their component parts and materials as these products are getting more affordable.

Unused junk

E-waste typically includes discarded computer monitors, motherboards, cathode ray tubes, printed circuit board, mobile phones and chargers, compact discs, headphones, white goods such as liquid crystal display/plasma televisions, air-conditioners, and refrigerators, among others.

“With increasing use of these in our everyday life, e-waste is also piling up. Almost half of all unused and end-of-life electronic products lie idle in landfills, junkyards and warehouses,” the Chamber said.

Published on January 09, 2018
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