NGOs join hands with GPO, install e-waste drop boxes at two post offices

NGOs join hands with GPO, install e-waste drop boxes at two post offices

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2017-03-16 10:47 Bengaluru: Two city NGOs – Saahas and Ensyde - have joined hands with General Post Office (GPO) and installed e-waste collection box and an exclusive e-waste letter collection box at the JP Nagar 6th phase post office and Jayanagar 3rd block post office on Wednesday.Sahas works in the field of solid waste management while Ensyde works on environmental issues. Post-Master General, Dr Charles Lobo, who inaugurated the programme at Jayanagar 3rd block, said he was impressed by the work of the two NGOs. “I read in newspapers about the initiative and even we wanted to be part of the programme. Hence we decided to give our premises for them to publicise the campaign,” he said.Archana Tripati, Program Director, Saahas NGO, said installing bins would help them collect e-waste more easily. “The green letter box provided by the postal department will bring in more discipline among residents as they can drop electronic goods so that we can go and collect them," she said. Archana said the initiative was started in January 2017 by installing bins at nine Bengaluru One citizen service centres. “We have collected 1.5 tonnes in 2 months. A schedule time is given to homes that have registered with us. We send out an electric auto to collect the waste," she added.Thanking the postal department for giving free space to install the box, Manvel Alur, CEO and Founder of Ensyde said the installation of the boxes would generate awareness among public.Saahas will collect and sell electronic junk to e-waste processing units while Ensyde will provide bins. Each bin costs Rs 11,000. “So far, we have managed to reach 4, 000 people. We hope to reach more colleges and resident welfare associations. Apart from this, social media will also be used to share information about proper disposal of e-waste,” said Alur.