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Taste the waste!
Corporate need to wake up fast
04/09/2008

Have you ever thought what happens to those TVs, music systems and PCs that we dispose off? Well, they accumulate in the environment and contribute to the ever-growing hazardous mass of eWaste.

A report by International Resource Group reveals that India generates about 146,000 tonnes of eWaste annually and the domestic eWaste is expected to touch a staggering figure of 1,600,000 tonnes by 2012. The metals contribute to over 60% of the total eWaste volume, while pollutants contribute to 2.7%. These pollutants are highly toxic when burnt or recycled in uncontrolled environments and exposure to these materials damage the nervous systems, kidney, bones and reproductive systems. And the situation is nowhere close to improving as a 2008 Greenpeace study proves. In the survey, 9 out of 20 brands tested for their take back practice in India have ‘no take back’ service. Imparting awareness in eWaste and to make take-back centre accessible is therefore the need of the hour.

To make corporates understand the urgency of the situation, the polity needs to make them fully responsible for the end-of-life costs of their products. Surely, India doesn’t need a disaster to happen every time before it dives-in for a solution! Or does it?!

By:- B&E
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