A mega e-waste collection drive was jointly launched on Monday by the Lions Club International and the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry. They started the massive e-waste collection drive in Madurai to raise public awareness about environmental protection.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated on Sunday that only 15 to 17% of the e-waste produced annually is recycled, calling attention to the negative effects of the growing e-waste. He also devoted a significant portion of the 97th episode of his Mann ki Baat radio show to addressing environmental issues.
At the Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET) in Hyderabad, a 1 ton per day PCB recycling facility was officially opened by Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma, Secretary of the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY).
Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority and the Environment Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI), have estimated that Telangana produced 50,335.6 metric tons of electronic waste in the years 2021–2022, but only 42,297 metric tons of that amount were disposed of in a responsible manner (HMDA).
The F-South ward of the BMC will soon construct a 40 kg/hour e-waste processing facility in Sewri. This plant is likely the first of its kind in the city to serve the ward that includes Parel, Sewri, and Naigaum. According to an official, the ward produces about 0.5 metric tons of electronic waste every day. In accordance with the city's development plan, officials have decided to build the plant on a 2,000-square-foot portion of the plot on T J Road.
As part of a larger campaign, the Lions Multiple District 324 is organizing a month-long "Dump and Donate" e-waste collecting drive in Chennai.
The Lions Club International and Primus Partners report, titled "The Growing Impact of E-Waste in India," recommended rewarding producers and businesses for providing training programs and certifications to participants in the unofficial sector who take on the duty of fixing, recycling, and reselling electronic products.
In India, a nationwide initiative "Dump and Donate" to collect e-waste from 120 communities has been started on Tuesday. The initiative is estimated to last for one month.
An awareness-building and collection campaign for electronic waste will be held in Guwahati from January 4–12, 2023, in collaboration with WWF-India Assam State Office. When electronic equipment breaks down, they turn into E-waste and contribute to the expanding global problem.
An increasing global environmental and public health concern is e-waste or electronic garbage. When discarded improperly, electronics like phones, batteries, and laptops can contain toxic elements and cause pollution of the land, air, and water.