A statement issued by the central government underlined that India’s total e-waste production is rising faster than plastic waste as the nation witnessed a 31 per cent increase in e-waste generation.
The Ministry of Environment & Forest states that In 2018-19, plastic waste was 33 lakh tonnes which have increased by one lakh tonnes to 34 lakh tonnes in 2019-20.
According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the growth rate of e-waste was alarmingly higher as it has increased by 31 per cent from 7.71 lakh tonnes in 2018-19 to 10.14 lakh tonnes in 2019-20.
The Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Ashwini Kumar Choubey said, “ no study has been carried out by CPCB to assess the damage caused to the environment by e-waste. But, If the end of life EEE (e-waste) is opened-up and unscientific methods are used for extraction of precious and semi-precious material from it, then it causes health risks and damage to the environment.
A study conducted by CPCB ‘Impact of Plastic Waste Disposal on soil and water quality at Lucknow dumpsites’, observed that disposal of plastic waste may deteriorate the soil and underground water quality due to the leaching of additives, colours, stabilisers and fillers present in different categories of plastic products.
To address this issue the National Green Tribunal has ordered all the state pollution control boards to monitor the recycling industries to abide by the laws and norms while managing the e-waste & directed to take serious action if someone is found guilty.