E-waste Generation Increases to a Six-Fold in Haryana

Haryana's electronic trash generation surged sixfold in 2022-23, totaling 13,12,128 tonnes, a 435% increase over the previous year.


E-waste, which refers to abandoned electronic gadgets, is a serious environmental concern because the vast majority of rubbish ends up in landfills or informal waste treatment systems. Long-term exposure to harmful compounds in e-waste can cause neurological, renal, and reproductive issues. The state pollution control board is formulating an action plan to combat e-waste burning in NCR areas, with district-level monitoring committees formed to detect hotspots and take corrective action.

Currently, Haryana has 27 registered e-waste recyclers, and the Central Pollution Control Board will shortly release the standard operating procedure (SOP) for dismantlers. The increase in e-waste output is ascribed to rapid technical innovation, increasing affordability, and a boom in electronic adoption following the pandemic. Green groups have urged stronger norms and regulations for e-waste disposal, and the government must ensure that these policies are strictly enforced.

The e-waste management guidelines compel government entities to set aside industrial space or sheds for e-waste dismantling and recycling in current and planned industrial parks, estates, and clusters. Processing and recycling facilities can only be established after obtaining approval from the Air and Water Pollution Prevention and Control Acts, as well as the e-waste regulations and Pollution Control Board.