IT ministry to assess the volume of e-waste in the country
With serious challenges emerging from growing e-waste in the country, the Union Ministry of Electronics and IT plans to undertake an assessment of the inventory of e-waste across states apart from creating awareness campaigns around it.
“We need to create awareness of the environmental, social and economic aspects of e-waste. The channelization of the e-waste for proper recycling and e s t a b l i s h i n g a system of accountability in e-waste management will happen only through e f f e c t i v e awareness,” a senior official from the ministry said.
Besides, a study on the total inventory of e-waste would also be undertaken to devise a long-term strategy. The biggest challenge is the recycling of e-waste in non-formal units by unscientific, unhealthy and non-environmental friendly methods, the official said.