Find out how you can recycle e-waste in India

Do you know India ranks fifth among the e-waste-producing countries? Surprisingly around 95% of India's e-waste recycling is done in the informal sector and in a crude way. However, if you look at some world-renowned cities, you will know that Dubai has the world's largest e-waste recycling plant. Learning from the same, let's look at how we can recycle e-waste in India.

First comes first! Let's start with what you can recycle.

One must understand that e-waste recycling in India includes discarded recyclable electric and electronic equipment (EEE). The list includes -

  • Printers
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • CPUs
  • Mobile Phones
  • Monitors
  • Stereos
  • Televisions
  • Scanners
  • Fax Machines
  • Copiers
  • Kitchen Appliances
  • Other electronics

Where can you give your e-waste?

You can contact a PRO implementing a buyback or takeback scheme or schedule a pick-up of your bulky e-waste items. India does have designated areas for e-waste collection and recycling across all its cities.

1. Delhi and NCR (North India) and other UTs

Many authorised e-waste recyclers in Delhi have set up collection bins and takeback kiosks around several areas. You can go and drop your items there.

2. Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Bengaluru (South India)

Akin to Delhi, many e-waste recycling plants are available in the southern part of the country. These plants have tied up with waste collectors and, thus, can easily recycle your e-waste. Notably, E-Parisaraa in Bangalore is engaged in finding innovative and sustainable solutions to e-waste management challenges.

3. Maharashtra (West India)

Shifting to the western part of the country is the same as any other side in India regarding e-waste recycling. The places for e-waste recycling are the same here. You can also contact PROs for larger or bulk e-waste.

4. Madhya Pradesh (Central India)

The heart of India, the central part, also has many e-waste recyclers dotting the region. All they need is your details like name and number, image of the e-waste, location for pick up and total quantity of the waste.

5. Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha (East India)

You can either give your e-waste personally or else take a help of a professional. You can contact an authorised e-waste recycler for you. The professional will then coordinate with you and the facility to schedule a pick-up that suits you both.

6. Seven Sisters (Northeast India)

Remove all waste EEE by dropping them in a black dustbin. You can also contact an e-waste management agency.

However, you must remember that you should ensure that your e-waste goes to an authorised recycler only. To obtain an e-waste recycling license, you can contact EcoserveIndia. An outstanding environmental consultant, the firm helps you get all necessary authorisation and SPCB NOC quickly.

Diksha Khiatani

A writer by day and a reader at night. Emerging from an Engineering background, Diksha has completed her M. Tech in Computer Science field. Being passionate about writing, she started her career as a Writer. She finds it interesting and always grabs time to research and write about Environmental laws and compliances. With extensive knowledge on content writing, she has been delivering high-quality write-ups. Besides, you will often find her with a novel and a cuppa!

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