E-waste has been defined as “waste electrical and electronic equipment, whole/in part or rejects from their manufacturing and repair process, which are intended to be discarded.” In other words, E-waste or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment is the term used to describe old, end-of-life or discarded appliances using electricity. E-waste is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their “useful life.” Air Conditioners, Televisions, Refrigerators, Washing Machines, Mobile Phones, Computers, VCDs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines are common electronic products. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled.
With the increase in usage and dependence on electrical and electronic gadgets such as washing machines, refrigerators, air conditioners etc. there has been an increase in E-waste generation in large quantities. A UN report estimates that the worldwide generation of E-waste is around 30 to 50 Million tonnes per annum. E-waste generally consists of those substances which are hazardous for the environment and can seriously affect the health of human beings.
E-waste has been one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. While e-waste contains valuable materials such as aluminium, copper, gold, palladium, and silver, it also contains harmful substances like cadmium, lead, and mercury. In the absence of proper awareness, disposing of e-waste in the landfill can result in toxic emissions to the air, water, and soil and pose serious health and environmental hazards.
Under WE Excel Software Pvt Ltd policy and the latest legislation passed recently by the honorable Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), also known as e-waste (management & handling) Rules, 2016, which comes into effect from 1st Oct 2016, WE Excel is glad to be part of this E-waste recycling initiative and agree to abide by all the rules related to e-waste management in order to minimize the harmful impact of scanners, printers, mobile computers, and their components. We believe that it is our responsibility to ensure that we do business in such a manner that it enriches our environment and planet.
There is an ever-escalating demand for electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) due to the rise in consumerism, urbanization, economic growth, and a higher rate of obsolescence. This has resulted in India finding a place for itself amongst the highest producers and generators of e-waste in the world.
E-waste is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 30% in the country. Assocham estimated that e-waste generation was 1.8 million metric tonnes (MT) per annum in 2016 and would reach 5.2 million metric tonnes per annum by 2020. Unless we have effective implementation of the rule, the country would end up creating many such informal processing hubs such as those in Moradabad and Seelampur, where soil, water, and air are polluted to a beyond-repairable level. Strict implementation of the rule, creating adequate awareness, training for requisite skill sets and providing affordable technology to the informal sector could be a game-changer. Upgradation of the informal sector to reach environmentally acceptable operations is presently missing and is not part of the rule.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has developed affordable technologies to recycle valuable materials and plastics in an environmentally sound manner, including two exclusive PCB recycling technologies, viz 1000 kg/ day capacity (~35 MT e-waste) and 100kg/batch (~3.5MT e-waste) processes, with acceptable environmental norms. Unique methods, exclusively for processing circuit boards, have been developed. The processes have been scaled up and established for demonstration. The process is cost-effective and suitable for a developing country like India.
With pervasive use of electrical and electronic equipment in our daily operations, disposal of obsolete equipment is increasingly posing a threat to our environment. There is, therefore, a need to handle such disposals – referred to as E-Waste in a responsible manner in line with emerging global best practices and standards.
Saves Natural Resources:
There is a need to encourage recycling of all useful and valuable material from E-waste so as to conserve the ever depleting natural resources. Recycling end-of-life products are vital if we are to save resources and minimize waste.
Reduces Environmental Pollution:
Scientific disposal of E-waste reduces environmental pollution. Moreover, making products from recycled materials creates less air and water pollution than making products from virgin materials.
With virgin resources facing rapid depletion, E-waste can be a good alternate resource since it contains many valuable and recoverable materials such as aluminium, copper, gold, silver and ferrous materials.Negative consequences of disposal of the product in an unscientific manner
E-waste-connected health risks may result from direct contact with harmful materials such as lead, cadmium, chromium, brominated flame retardants or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), from inhalation of toxic fumes, as well as from accumulation of chemicals in soil, water and food.
Children Are Vulnerable:
Children require more specific protection from E-waste exposure. As they are still growing, their air, water, and food intake are more as compared to adults and with that the risk of hazardous chemical absorption. Moreover, it may cause irreversible damage to their central nervous system, immune system, reproductive and digestive system.
Oil and gases which are present in E-waste such as compressor and CRT cause environmental pollution. Burning of rubber and plastic in open area causes air pollution.
The electrical waste contains hazardous but also valuable and scarce materials. Up to 60 elements can be found in complex electronics. Most electronic devices contain a variety of materials, including metals that can be recovered for future uses. By dismantling and providing reuse possibilities, intact natural resources are conserved and air and water pollution caused by hazardous disposal is avoided. Additionally, recycling reduces the amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by the manufacturing of new products.
Under the guidelines of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, E-Waste Management Rules, 2016 have been notified. The Company stands committed to implement E-Waste Rules.
We understand there is a need to encourage recycling of all useful and valuable material from e-waste so as to conserve the ever depleting natural resources. Recycling end-of-life discarded products are vital if we are to save resources and minimize landfill. The Company understands its responsibility and in this regard, we have tied-up with one of the leading and authorized e-waste recycler namely 3R Recycler for facilitating our customers to enable them to dispose of e-waste products after its end-of-life.
As part of our partnership our authorized Recycler, shall provide EPR Services and ensure environmentally sound management of electronics that have reached their end-of-life phase. Recycling and disposal of e-waste helps to protect the environment from any hazardous consequences, which would be otherwise caused by the inappropriate waste management of e-waste.
Any of the end consumer willing to dispose or recycle their end of life product /e-waste can call or reach us at our Recycling Partner toll-free number. 3R Recycler representative would explain our customers about the process of disposal and make them aware about nearest drop point available to drop the e-waste.
Toll-Free No. for End Consumer reach:
Ms. Bhawna Suri: 1800-102-8632
Mr. Rochak Chauhan: 1800-843-3303