Our Vision of 2022
Honoring 5th June 2022 as Environmental Day, we have set our vision in motion to make India become more responsible for E-Waste Disposal. With the advent of technological advancements, there has been a huge surge in job opportunities, betterment in medical facilities and even expanding the horizons of educational systems. But such benefits also have their own sets of unintended consequences.
Plastic alone, once hailed as humanity’s most valued invention, has become our biggest nightmare. In fact, plastics can take as much as 500 years to biodegrade within the soil. Taking e-waste into consideration has become the biggest waste stream throughout the world.
Every single year, almost 50 million tons of e-waste are generated. Not to mention, only 20% of the e-wastes are actually disposed of properly. E-waste disposal in India has also become an emerging problem, creating a plethora of problems nationwide. We are going to discuss some of the most prominent ways we can tackle such a massive amount of e-waste. Furthermore, we will be discussing the corporate responsibilities, laws imposed as well as our responsibilities as individuals towards e-wastes.
The Emerging Problem of E-Waste in India
From FY18 to FY20, the e-waste generation in India rose to 43%. This was further escalated by the global pandemic. In fact, according to ASSOCHAM and KPMG, almost 70% of the e-wastes are generated from computer electronics. Given that, there’s hardly anything changed in Seelampur, New Delhi. The biggest un-organized recycling hub for e-waste in India. That is why it is very important to streamline e-waste disposal, now more than ever.
How Corporates Can Help Mitigate E-Wastes?
Corporates have their fair share of responsibilities when it comes to e-waste disposal. Here are some of the most commonly used practices that corporates can adopt to mitigate e-waste to a certain degree:
1. Getting Public Attention
The first and foremost task for corporations is to bring forth the issue of e-waste in the general public. Make sure to take the opportunity to educate the customers and even company employees on the environmental impacts of improper e-waste disposal.
2. Reusing Equipment
As the old saying goes by, someone’s waste can become someone’s resources. The same is also applicable when it comes to e-waste. So corporates should adopt to make the most out of each piece of equipment while maximizing their efficiency.
3. Making Durable and Efficient Electronics
Instead of producing more electronics, companies should shift their focus toward offering extensive support. Not to mention, corporates should encourage repairing the existing equipment, prior to turning them into e-wastes.
India’s Take on E-Waste Management
India has implemented e-waste management laws since 2011. In fact, with the E-waste (Management) Rules, 2016, the Government only mandates authorized recyclers and dismantlers to collect e-waste. According to the Producer Responsibility Organizations (PRO), it further strengthens EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) functionalities. Not only do producers have to work on meeting their targets, but it would also help to take out 20% of the waste generated by their sales.
The law further adds that it is not just the responsibility of the producer to acquire e-wastes but also help them reach out to authorized dismantlers. So, it is very important for India to implement further policymaking toward e-waste disposal.
Individual Responsibilities to Dispose E-Wastes
When it comes to managing e-wastes, it doesn’t always come down to corporate responsibilities. Even the government can raise awareness to a certain degree. It is through our collective individual effort, that we can properly dispose of e-waste. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts for e-waste:
What to do with e-waste?
- Keep track of your product’s end-of-life cycle, and proper equipment handling
- Make sure your electronic items are only handled by authorized recyclers
- Try to drop perishable electronic items such as batteries at your nearest e-waste collection center
- Try disconnecting the battery and product on any glass surface, while disposing
What not to do with e-waste?
- Never dismantle electronic equipment on your own
- Never throw electronic items in general disposal bins
- Do not give your e-wastes to kabadiwala or local scrap dealer
- Never dispose of e-wastes with municipal garbage bins, as they often end up in landfills
How CISIPL is Creating a Clean India?
CISIPL strives to create awareness among consumers on the significance of proper e-waste disposal in India. Based on e-waste Management Rules 2016, CISIPL is offering state-of-the-art proper e-waste disposal solutions. Each e-waste is properly disposed of in a responsible manner. Here’s how CISIPL is contributing to the cause of a cleaner India with the following services:
1. E-Waste Recycling
For starters, CISIPL has a clear understanding of the unique challenges faced by each business. Be it a local business or a corporate office, each client can expect proper deliverables.
In fact, each e-waste is properly handled in the most efficient and environmentally friendly method. To create utmost transparency, CISIPL even provides their clients with certificates of recycling, ensuring the proper disposal of the e-waste.
2. IT Asset Disposition
The IT sector is one of the biggest contributors to e-wastes throughout India. This is where CISIPL steps in to offer a plethora of ITAD services. Each service is properly curated toward moving, upgrading, or decommissioning data centers.
Furthermore, CISIPL makes sure that the entire transitioning process is handled in a secured and safe environment in the most cost-effective way. When it comes to handling IT equipment, certified data erasure processes are used to dispose of confidential information.
3. Data Sanitization
While working alongside corporate e-waste management, proper disposal of data plays a crucial role. This is where CISIPL excels by offering curated data sanitization services. Be it degaussing, shredding, or product destruction, CISIPL has got you covered.
The Bottom Line
It is imperative to understand that e-waste disposal in India has become a bigger concern than anticipated. With India becoming the third country in the world in e-waste production, now is the best time ever to take action.
This is where companies like Connect Info Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. (CISIPL) are making an impact nationwide. Transcending more than just a consultation firm, CISIPL is guiding both corporates and end-users towards a better e-waste management system.