India’s e-waste piles up to 10,14,961.2 tones

Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ashwini Kumar Choubey has raised concerns in the Rajya Sabha about the E-Waste situation of the country. India has witnessed a sharp rise in the generation of E-waste such as televisions, computer monitors, keyboards, mice, phones, etc. from 7,08,445 tonnes in 2017-18 to 10,14,961.2 tonnes in 2019-20.


In 2017-18, a total of 7, 08,445 tonnes of e-waste was generated followed by 7,71, 215 tonnes in 2018-19 and 10,14,961.2 in 2019-20, according to the data shared by the Union minister. 

India has 21 types of officially identified items of which E-waste is composed, it includes TVs, CD players, mouse, keyboards, cameras, radios etc; these become e-waste at the end of their life cycle. An increase in sales of electrical and electronic equipment(EEE) is the primary reason behind the sharp rise in E-Waste generation. The import of hazardous waste materials along with E-Waste was stopped in the year 2016 because of increased sales and growth in domestic E-Waste generation.