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The electronic industry is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing manufacturing industry. The consequence of its consumer oriented growth combined with rapid product obsolescence and technological advances are a new environmental challenge - the growing menace of “Electronics Waste” or “e waste” that consists of obsolete electronic devices. The fraction including iron, copper, aluminium, gold and other metals in e-waste is over 60%, while plastics account for about 30% and the hazardous pollutants comprise only about 2.70% .Solid waste management, which is already a mammoth task in India, is becoming more complicated by the invasion of ewaste, particularly computer waste. E-waste from developed countries find an easy way into developing countries in the name of free trade is further complicating the problems associated with waste management. According to a report of Confederation of Indian Industries, the total waste generated by obsolete or broken down electronic and electrical equipment in India has been estimated to be 1,46,000 tons per year (CII, 2006). The current practices of e-waste management in India suffer from a number of drawbacks like the difficulty in collection, storage, unhealthy conditions of informal recycling, inadequate legislation, poor awareness and reluctance on part of the corporate to address the critical issues. Presently, the collection and re-cycling of electronic wastes is being done by the informal sector where there is a lack of awareness about the harmful effects to health and environment if the process is not in a specific manner. The consequences are that:(i) Toxic materials enter the waste stream with no special precautions to avoid the known adverse effects on the environment and human health (ii) Resources are wasted when economically valuable materials are dumped or unhealthy conditions are developed during the informal recycling. It is an emerging problem as well as a business opportunity of increasing significance, given the volumes of e-waste being generated and the content of both toxic and valuable materials in them. Hence, we felt this as an opportunity to develop a business model so that we could develop strategies to address this emerging problem and tap this emerging market in India. Under this waste management system we would be having shared responsibility for the collection and recycling of electronic wastes from the manufacturers, importers, recyclers, regulatory bodies and the consumers.
So.e. Collection of e-waste from households etc through awareness programmes Functional testing of reusability at our centre Dismantling & Segregation of components Recycling Selling to prospective customers Sources of Income We would be earning through two sources: 1. These facilities would be approved by the regulatory authorities and will require appropriate incentives and subsidies from the government. 3. recycling. Delhi would be an ideal place for us to set up our business unit as this is a hub for e-waste. Reusable products would be sold in bulk to the 2nd hand markets. 4. and then be able to apply the company’s capabilities and process systems to properly recycle both of these streams. 2. but also need specific skills and training for the operation. We would also performing our CSR by playing a major role in protecting and preserving the environment and making it more greener and safer through our business activities. treatment. Morever. 5. Overview of our business plan 1. Proper recycling of complex materials requires the expertise to recognize or determine the presence of hazardous or potentially hazardous constituents as well as desirable constituents (i. recovery and disposal.Future Plans Building infrastructures for e-waste collection. . as this business is labour intensive this would create a lot of job opportunities for the people. 2. Delhi produces about 32 tonnes per day of e-waste but imports about twice as much from other states for recycling. those with recoverable value). We would be negotiating for a partnership with governments and manufacturers as recycling requires sophisticated technology and processes which are not only expensive. After the recycling would be done the useful material like metals would be sold to the manufacuters for production purposes.