What happens to our old cellphones and laptops, used batteries and discarded lights and other appliances? Sometimes we trade in the old for new. Many retailers take our old eWaste and often just channel it into the informal sector, whereby it finally ends up in landfills. From here, the poisonous chemicals like mercury, cadmium etc seep into the soil and ground water. Foreign countries illegally dump their waste in developing nations. (Source) Organisations like eParisaraa, work in the eWaste recycling sector.
- “E-Parisaraa Pvt. Ltd, India’s first Government authorized electronic waste recycler started operations from September 2005,is engaged in handling, recycling and reusing of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment(WEEE) in eco-friendly way.
- The objective of E-Parisaraa is to create an opportunity to transfer waste into socially and industrially beneficial raw materials like valuable metals, plastics and glass using simple, cost efficient, home grown, environmental friendly technologies suitable to Indian Conditions.
- E-Parisaraa is India’s first Electronic Waste recycling company approved by both Central Pollution Control Board and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, located in Dobaspet Industrial Area near Bangalore, in the area already earmarked for hazardous waste management by Government of Karnataka.”