Karnataka second in the country in e-waste reprocessing

Karnataka second in the country in e-waste reprocessing

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-03-17 18:50 Bengaluru: Karnataka has the second highest e-waste reprocessing capacity in the country after Rajasthan, said Lakshman, chairman,Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB).Addressing a 17-member delegation, which visited KSPCB recently to discuss aspects concerning safe disposal of e-waste, Lakshman said, “Karnataka has accorded permission for 52 e-waste re-processers. The total capacity is about 50000 MT/annum. This is the highest in terms of number and second highest in the country (Rajasthan has 70000 MTA capacity). Karnataka was the first to establish an integrated e- waste management facility and first to establish the noble metal recovery facilities too.The Indian e-waste management rules address the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for e-waste collection and management. From the producers of electrical and electronic gadgets, a lot more thrust is expected especially in terms of collection and channelising the waste for reprocessing, said Lakshman.A Ramesh, SEO Waste Management Cell, KSPCB, during his presentation said that an estimated quantity of 86,118 metric tonnes of e-waste was generated in the state every year.Dr Khey Bhattacharya, who headed the delegation, felt that there should be a business model to encourage collection of e-waste.A 17-member delegation from nearly 25 foreign countries and from National Defence College, Ministry of Defence, visited the KSPCB on 14 March to discuss aspects related to e-waste.