Making Sense of e-Waste


Have you ever wondered where your old PC goes?

The growing utilization of electronic goods in industrial and consumer applications, fast technology obsolescence, new computer technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing, etc are resulting in a lot of electronic waste. Multiple entities are taking efforts to increase consumer awareness about e-waste recycling in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. One of the fastest growing types of e-waste is computing devices and mobile phones.

India produced about 4 Million tons of electronic waste in 2009 and the number is likely to cross 8 million by 2012. Only about 5 % was recycled responsibly. The rest was (un)managed by the unorganized sectors such as the local kabadi.(waste gatherer).

Most electronic equipment uses hazardous materials (for example Mercury, Arsenic, Lead, plastic, Beryllium, Chromium, Cobalt, etc) which can contaminate the environment and can lead to chronic diseases such as respiratory disorders, heart problems, kidney problems etc.

The current disorganized disposal of e-waste is a sure recipe for environmental disaster. The electronic and electrical goods are disposed absolutely irresponsibly in an effort to extract metals. Wires are burnt in the open releasing toxic greenhouse gases in the air. PCBs are processed in open acid tanks releasing toxins both in the air and the water / ground where the acid is disposed. Junked waste is dumped into land fills where the toxins slowly poison the soil, the ground water and the air.

Unfortunately this is what happens to your old PC.

Stop your old faithful PC from turning into a monster.

Don’t just dispose it. RESPOSE it.

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