Challenges and Realities of India's Largest E-Waste Market

Delhi's Seelampur have been recently the center of talk as thousands of laborers toil daily in hazardous conditions, salvaging e-waste for meager earnings.


The surrounding area is a hotspot for discarded electronics, with small roads littered with broken devices. Despite being an essential source of income for many people, the job carries considerable health hazards due to exposure to hazardous chemicals such as lead.

Meanwhile, community actions seek to solve civic and environmental issues while promoting long-term urban growth. However, Seelampur remains a stark reminder of the global e-waste epidemic, with India ranked as the third-largest contributor. The informal industry, which recycles 95% of e-waste, is unregulated, putting workers at risk and polluting the environment.

Improving circumstances at Seelampur demands a concerted effort to regulate e-waste disposal, protect worker safety, and reduce environmental effects. Supporting these people, who are frequently marginalized and underpaid, is critical for ensuring a more sustainable and fair future.