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ELECTRONIC WASTE. Electronic waste, " e-waste " or "Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment" (" WEEE ") is a waste consisting of any broken or unwanted electrical or electronic appliance.

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ELECTRONIC WASTE

Electronic waste, "e-waste" or "Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment" ("WEEE") is a waste consisting of any broken or unwanted electrical or electronic appliance.

It is a point of concern considering that many components of such equipment are considered toxic and are not biodegradable.


India generates close to

500,000 tons e-waste p.a.

Expected to touch a million ton by 2011


WASTE PILING UP

Broad break up appears as under:

Mumbai : 50,000 tons

Delhi : 35,000

Bangalore : 30,000

Chennai : 25,000

Kolkata : 19,000

Ahmedabad : 14,000

Hyderabad : 13,000

Pune : 10,000

Indore : 8,000


SOURCES OF WEEE

  • IT & Telecom Equipments

  • Large Household Appliances

  • Small Household Appliances

  • Consumer & Lighting Equipments

  • Electrical & Electronic Tools

  • Toys, Leisure & Sports Equipment

  • Medical Devices

  • Monitoring & Control Instruments


Over 400 million current mobile users

expected to increase to

500 million by

2010 end


At present, India has about

40 million computers

which are expected to grow

to 80 million computers

by end 2010


Over 14 million old PCs

ready for disposal in India


What contributes to e waste
What contributes to e-waste?

A relatively new category of waste brought along with the high-tech boom

E-waste includes all types of electronic equipments/ products which have become obsolete or have been discarded due to:

Advancement in technology

Changes in fashion, style, status or perception

Nearing the end of their useful life

Generally understood to refer to any old, obsolete, end-of-life appliances using electricity which have been disposed off by their owners


How informal sector deals with
How informal sector deals with?

A relatively new industry in India, traditionally dominated by the unorganized segment

Scrap dealers and rag-pickers gather e-waste from households in their area of operation and employ crude and highly unsafe processes for recycling the same, causing significant environmental damage

open burning of wires to extract resalable copper, soaking of circuit boards in acid baths to extract precious metal, disposing the residue into open drains or land, etc.

The formal e-waste recycling segment consists of a few large players which have the proper infrastructure to handle WEEE equipment


Unsafe methods for e waste recycling
Unsafe methods for e-waste recycling

The unorganised segment often employs crude and highly unsafe processes for while recycling e-waste, and extracting precious materials therefrom


Magnitude of e waste in india
Magnitude of e-waste in India

As per a study released by MAIT, India generated 330,000 MT of electronic waste in 2007, while an additional 50,000 MT was illegally imported

MAIT estimates that by 2011, e-waste in India would touch 470,000 MT

The Western region contributes maximum to e-waste generation – up to 35%

Sixty five cities in India generate up to 60% of total e-waste

Ten states alone generate more than 70% of total e-waste

MAIT estimates that only 19,000 tonnes of the total e-waste generated gets ultimately processed by the formal recycling sector

As per the study, around 94% of corporates in India do not have a policy on disposal of obsolete IT products/ e-waste


Major toxic elements in e waste
Major toxic elements in e-waste

Due to the pervading reach of information technology in trade and commerce, computer waste is the most significant of all e-waste, along with televisions and cellular phones

E-waste contains both valuable as well as harmful components

Valuable components include precious metals such as gold, silver, copper, palladium, etc.

Harmful substances include lead, mercury, cadmium, etc.

Some of the key toxic elements contained within components of a computer include:


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