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Delhi turns into India’s e-waste dumping yard
Publication Date : 30-08-2013
Delhi is emerging as the world’s dumping capital for e-waste as it is likely to generate e-waste to an extent of 50,000 metric tons (MT) per annum by 2015 from the current level of 30,000 MT per annum. It is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 25 per cent, according to a study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.
The study, “E-waste in India by 2015” revealed that currently e-waste of Delhi is approximately 30,000 metric tons per annum and employs over 150,000 workers in the city’s various organised and unorganised recycling units.
'“As many as 8,500 mobile handsets, 5,500 TV sets and 3,000 personal computers are dismantled in the city every day for reuse of their component parts and materials. While the list is growing, so is the quantity as these products are getting more affordable and more and more people are using them. Increasing usage also leads to more of them coming up for disposal, thus increasing the rate of obsolescence and replacement,” the study said.
The paper noted that Delhi alone gets around 85 per cent of the electronic waste generated in the developed world. In terms of total e-waste produced internally or brought from outside for recycling, Delhi’s e-waste weighs between 25,000 and 30,000 MT per year.
The study highlights that though Mumbai and Chennai are the top importers of junk computers and electronic waste in India, Delhi has emerged as the main hub of e-waste recycling in India, and perhaps the world.