The Garbage of Technology

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Today morning I was searching for some sizzling news in livemint journal and I came across this one. I really thought a lot on this issue and still I don’t see a solution to it. I am sharing this story with you. Please read ahead..

These are garbage dumps of a different kind. Located at IT companies, schools, colleges, shopping malls and movie halls in Bangalore, these special bins are filled with the detritus left behind by a digital society. Used CDs, floppy discs, dry-cell batteries, cellphones, printers and computers rendered obsolete by changing technology are dumped at more than 100 collection centres across the city.

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“We can recycle up to three tonnes of e-waste every day, but currently utilize only half the installed capacity,” says P. Parthasarathy, who set up E-Parisaraa after a stint as a technical consultant with an e-waste management unit in Singapore.

“We plan to gradually increase our capacity to five tonnes a day as consumers become more aware of the need for proper e-waste management,” he says.

Across urban India, the problem of e-waste is a mounting one. According to a study by the Manufacturers Association of Information Technology (Mait), more than 332,000 tonnes of electronic waste was generated in India in 2007, a figure that threatens to touch a whopping 467,000 tonnes by 2011.

In 2006-07, 6.34 million computers units were sold in India, while mobile handset sales increased by 26% to 93 million units. Currently, more than 400,000 mobile handsets are discarded and find their way into the recycling market every year in cities such as Bangalore.

There’s more bad news. Based on data from secondary sources, Mait estimates that around 50,000 tonnes of e-waste is being imported to India every year from developed countries. By 2020, consumption of electronic items in the country is set to increase, with 30% of the population estimated to be in the 25-44 agebracket.

There is another worrying figure: according to a Mait study, 94% of India’s business establishments do not have a policy on correct disposal of used IT products.

Safe disposal of hazardous household waste is still an alien concept in India. This waste, which includes products such as used batteries, mobile phones, fluorescent lamps and printer cartridges, is disposed of with other household waste and ends up in dumps where these items are burnt in the open.

So do you have a solution for it? 

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~ by gizmoghost on April 15, 2008.

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