Best ways to dispose of e-waste safely


Want to know how to properly manage and dispose of old electronic and electrical equipment and products? This article talks about e-waste management, explaining how e-waste is harmful. Know, too, which are the authorized firms in India that dispose of e-waste safely.

How we generate e-waste

The dustbin in your home and the local kabbadiwala (scrap dealer) are contributing to e-waste. In the former you are likely to throw small stuff like your cell phone's charger, the battery of a torch or a computer cable. At the latter's shop you get rid of larger things like a tube light or CPU or monitor or printer or fax machine. Electrical or electronic, all these, along with their parts & accessories, are e-waste materials, highly dangerous to humans and the environment in general, even contributing to global warming.

There have been reports of how India's cities are used as a site to dump the e-waste generated from other countries. Within the country itself, there are mammoth tons of such e-waste, with what is thrown in dustbins ending up along with general municipal waste at a city's dumping ground; and what is sent to the scrap dealer ending up in a place where it is dunked in an acid bath or smashed up. Components that are considered valuable, such as circuit boards which contain metals that can be recovered and sold, are put through the fiery ordeal of a blow torch. The air gets polluted and the subsequent left-overs which are not of any value are thrown into local water bodies or dumped at local municipal garbage sites.

So what's the solution to dealing with e-waste in a manner that is safe to both humans and the environment? Answer: Get the e-waste recycled.

Government of India e-waste management regulations

Before you learn about recycling, you should be aware that in 2016 the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India issued fresh directives for management of e-waste (refer: http://www.moef.gov.in/sites/default/files/EWM%20Rules%202016%20english%2023.03.2016.pdf). The government guidelines lay down clear responsibilities for not just the manufacturer and the producer of electrical and electronic equipment, but also for those who refurbish, dismantle and recycle such equipment as well as for collection centres and dealers [refer: http://meity.gov.in/esdm/e-waste]

Recycling e-waste

The attempt by scrap dealers to recycle e-waste is not the solution, as they do not have the proper facilities to do so. What's more, the people employed to rip out wires from computers, dislodge circuit boards, take apart smart phones, etc are also prone to serious respiratory problems and other health issues.

When recycling is done in the right way, though, e-waste becomes useful waste. For example, from a smartphone, copper, silver, even gold and palladium can be recovered and recycled. Recycling a million laptops, as stated by Noida-based recycling service Attero (contact details below), can save energy which can provide power to over three thousand homes in a single year.

The process of recycling e-waste involves various stages, namely:
First, the e-waste is picked up directly from a company's office, a residential home, a hospital, etc. or from designated pick up points.

Next, the e-waste is segregated in a systematic manner to determine if there is any which can be repaired or re-marketed. Reusable parts and accessories are also salvaged. Some firms donate re-usuable e-waste for charitable purposes, such as donating computers that are not quite dead to a rural school.

Further segregation is done based on the material, such as a glass or metal component, a rubber cable, etc The metals will also be separated from plastic.

The e-waste thus segregated is then shredded into smaller pieces and copper, aluminium etc are recovered from it.

Smaller pieces of recycled e-waste can then be used to create products such as boxes, tiles, even roofing.

Finally, those materials which are considered non-recyclable and toxic are properly disposed of in a safe manner.



Where to dispose of e-waste

In many major cities, people have come together to launch projects for removal of non-biodegradable waste, including e-waste. There are NGOs which provide collection points for e-waste and private firms authorized by their State to dispose of e-waste in a safe way.

Here's a list of some companies in India for disposal of household and office e-waste:

In Bangalore

  1. Saahas Waste Management Private Limited is an authorized collection centre certified by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.

    Main office: #21, Ground Floor, MCHS Colony, 5th C Cross, 16th Main,BTM Layout 2nd Stage, Bangalore – 560076
    Ph: +91 080 4168 9889 // Email: info@saahaszerowaste.com

    Website: http://saahas.org/

    Other than at the above main office where you can drop off e-waste from Monday to Friday between 9.30 am to 6.30 pm and on Saturdays between 9.30 am-4.30 pm, additional drop-off points are:
    • Kasa Rasa 1: Premises of Hot Mix Plant, Koramangala 6th Block, Ejipura. Timings: 10 am - 6 pm. (Sunday closed)

    • Kasa Rasa 2: High Tension Wire ground, Koramangala 5th Block, Near Hotel Empire. Timings: 10 am - 6 pm (Sunday closed)

    • Kasa Rasa 3: Survey no.15, Alpine Eco Road, ORR-Whitefield Bypass Road, Donnenekundi- 560048. Timings: 10am – 6 pm (Sunday closed)

    • RWA Library, Koramangala 3rd Block, Inside Park, behind Post Office, Between 10th and 12th Main (Ward 151). Timings: 5 am - 11 am
      4 pm-7 pm.

    • Hippocampus Library: 525, 16th Main, Koramangala 3rd Block, Bangalore 560034. Timings: 10 am-7 pm (Monday closed)

  2. E-Parisaraa Private Limited pays companies for the e-waste and picks it up to be taken to their processing facility. They have branches in multiple cities in India.

    Main office: No. B-41/1,3rd Stage, Peenya Industrial Estate, Bengaluru – 560 058.
    Ph : +91 80 28360902 / 32906684 // Fax : +91 80 28363257
    Email : recycle@ewasteindia.com

    For material pick up call Toll free No.: 1800 425 35287

    Website: http://ewasteindia.com/

    Branches at:
    • Mumbai: M/S E-Parisaraa Pvt. Ltd - 802/8, Bldg: E/15-B, Gala:8, Arihar Corporation, Dapode village, Thane, Bhiwandi- 421302.
      Contact Person: Mr. Dinesh Kumar, Ph: 07875262623 / Email: bhiwandi@ewasteindia.com

    • Bengaluru: E- Parisaraa Pvt. Ltd. - 41/1, III Stage, Peenya Industrial Estate, Bangalore – 560058. Contact Person: Mr. Virender Kaul, Ph: 080 – 28360902 / Email: virenderkaul@ewasteindia.com

    • Gurgaon: M/S E-Parisaraa Pvt. Ltd. - Plot No. 467, Pace City-II, Sector-7, Gurgaon – 122007, Haryana, India.
      Contact Person: Mr. Deepak Nangia, Ph: 0124-6465124 / 09971773246 / Email: gurgaon@ewasteindia.com

    • Chennai: E-Parisaraa Pvt. Ltd. – Plot no. 150, Perungudi Industrial Estate, Chennai - 600 096. Contact Person: Mr. Tharak Ram, Ph: 09884337519 / Email: chennai@ewasteindia.com

    • Kolkata: E-Parisaraa Pvt Ltd - No.20/3, D. D. Mondal Ghat Road, P.O.Dakshineswar, P.S. Belghoria, District North 24 – Parganas, Kolkata – 700 076.
      Contact Person: Mr. Somanath Ganguly, Ph: 08961761298 / Email: kolkata@ewasteindia.com

In Mumbai

Ecoreco is registered by the Central Pollution Control Board and authorised by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board.

Main office: Unit No.422, 4th Floor, The Summit Business Bay, Opp. Cine Max Theater, near WEH Metro Station, Andheri - Kurla Road, Andheri (East), Mumbai – 400093.
Ph: +91 22 40052951, 52, 53
Email: info@ecoreco.com

Also at: Eco House, S. No. 22, H. No.6 & 7, Bhoipada, Near Range Office, Sativali, Vasai (East), Thane - 401 208.

Call: 1800-102-1020

Website: http://ecoreco.com/

In New Delhi

  1. Attero offers a spectrum of services for electronics asset management, including e-waste management, recycling, urban mining, etc. It is authorized by the Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board (UEPPCB).

    Corporate office: H-59 Sector 63, Noida, UP 201301.
    Ph: +91-120-4087100 / Fax: +91-120-4087101. Toll free: 1800 - 419 – 3283

    Website: http://www.attero.in/

  2. Hindustan Waste Management Ltd. organizes scrap recovery and recycling, segregation of e-waste as per Govt. norms, data destruction, etc. They arrange for pickups of e-waste.
    Address: Basement 8, Central Road, Bhogal, Jangpura, New Delhi – 110014.
    Ph: 011-41553113.
    Email: contact@hindustanewaste.com

    Website: http://hindustanewaste.com/

Of course, this is not a comprehensive list of firms which dispose of e-waste. You can find a number of legitimate ones on the Net, but do review them before making a final call on which company's service to use. Note that some pay for picking up large amounts of e-waste, others don't; some may have a fee for pick-up, others may not.



Important points to note: When checking out a company for e-waste recycling, please confirm it has the proper certification and authorization to ensure that it is adhering to laws and regulations, including for safety & health management. The company should also be having legitimate registered facilities for disposing off any effluents in a responsible manner that does not harm the environment. Most important, ensure that the data stored in any electronic items which you give to them is destroyed thoroughly to ensure security (most e-waste management companies provide this service.)

It is hoped that this article is any eye-opener to the availability of resources for better e-waste management!


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