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.