Trivandrum: What do you do with old computers, printers and other electronic stuff? As an individual, you might sell it to your nearest kabadiwala (scrap dealer) and as a company, you might donate it to some school or institution who can use it for couple of years more, unless you want to exchange it in lieu for a new system. But are you aware that this can be, and in some cases, should be routed through an e-waste recycler?
Well, this was one of the eye openers at a session on e-Waste Management hosted by the Trivandrum Chapter of Young Indians (YI), the CII’s youth wing, to coincide with the World Environment Day celebrations. The session was lead by Subash Warrier, Country Manager, Sims Recycling Solutions India, one of the largest electronic waste recycling company operating 37 dedicated sites in 13 countries.
During the session, Subash explained the process of e-waste management while stressing the need for ethical practices by recycling companies. A reality check, done both on consumer and business side in India, identified how lack of infrastructure, socio-economic issues and unrealistic commercial expectations are the problems in managing e-waste. There is a huge gap in the total e-waste produced and the recycling capacities in the country. He added that awareness is required to be built in the society as well as among companies to promote responsible e-waste management.
Srikanth P Krishna, Chief Technical Consultant, Kerala State Council of Science & Technology said there was a need for proper e-waste management and refurbishing the used gadgets for the next section of people. The growth rate of discarded electronic waste is high in India since it has emerged as an Information Technology giant and due to modernization of lifestyle.
Kishore George, Chair, Yi Trivandrum said, “e-Waste is something that will affect the youths and the next generation. As young Indians, we thought this was the right occasion to conduct a session on e-Waste Management. There is a lack of awareness about e-waste and how to handle it among many of us, irrespective of our industry where we work. We are confident that this session was useful to many and we have taken the right step in this direction.”
CII members, IT professionals, students, engineers, industrialists, management professionals and representatives from IT Companies like Infosys, UST Global and Teknokraft were among those attended the session.
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