'E-waste' means electrical and electronic equipment, whole or in part discarded as waste by the consumer or bulk consumer as well as rejects from manufacturing, refurbishment and repair processes.
The hazardous constituents in e-waste are heavy metals like leads, cadmium and mercury, polychlorinated-bi-phenyl (PCB), brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and chromium (VI).
E-waste as such is not toxic. However, improper processing of e-waste causes some of the hazardous material to mix with the enviroment and causes harm. Therefore, ensure disposal in an environment-friendly manner to prevent this hazardous material polluting the environment.
E-waste should not be given to unauthorized vendors/ buyers commonly known as 'Kabbadi- walas'. E-waste should be only given to a formal E-waste processing company. The Central Pollution Control Board authorizes agencies to collect e-waste from generators. This authorization is given based on the competency of the recycler, infrastructure and other factors as decided by the regulatory authorities.
According to UN studies, in 2016, 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste were generated, in which 40.7% of world e-waste was generated in Asia.
The total generation of e-waste in India in 2016 was to the tune of 18 lakh metric tonnes. It is likely to reach 52 lakh metrics tonnes by 2020 growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 30%.
To dispose your e-waste, please call Helpline (Toll Free): 1800-123-1714 from Monday to Friday between 10.00 AM to 5.30 PM.
Please check the user guide in the respective product for disposal instructions.