27 July 2021.
In the year 2020, India has generated a total of 10,14,961.2 tonnes of e-waste which is an increase of 31.6% when compared to the previous year.
- Ashwini Kumar Choubey , Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change relayed this information in the Rajya Sabha.
- The minister has also asked for state-wise data and death reports that might have resulted from e-waste.
- Data regarding e-waste in India is available only from the year 2017-18 onwards.
- In the year 2016 the e-Waste (Management) Rules were notified and since then it has been amended from time to time.
- The Environment Ministry of India has notified 21 types of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) which are to be considered as e-waste.
What is the formula for estimation of e-waste generation?
The formula for estimating e-waste generation involves scrutinising the data regarding the sale of electrical and electronic equipment. This sales data shows that in the country there has been a continuous rise in e-waste generation.
E-waste collection mechanism
- The government has been encouraging and promoting the creation of an efficient e-waste collection mechanism that is environmentally safe and sound.
- Recycling through the authorised dismantlers and recyclers of e-waste will minimise e-waste generation in the country.
At present, around 400 recyclers or dismantlers of e-waste are functioning in 20 States of the country