Awareness on Ewaste Management: Where to Begin?

This project was initiated by Yatika Paharia and Natasha Sharma, students of Cluster Innovation Centre under the mentorship of Dr. Govind Singh.

Project Summary: Rapid growth in population, technology and consumerism has led to a steady increase in the consumption of electronic items and subsequently the generation of electronic waste (E-waste). E-waste (Management and Handling) Rules, which came into force in May 2012, assign responsibilities to various stakeholders at different levels for safe management and handling of e-waste. The E-waste (Management and Handling) Rules make it the responsibility of companies, institutes and citizens to ensure safe disposal of e-waste. However, considerable awareness is needed to mainstream this issue with the citizens before we can be sure that every single piece of e-waste is being disposed of in a safe and responsible manner.

The project evaluated the awareness levels of different sections of society (students, government personnel, personnel working in the private sector) and also study the impact each of these sections have on generating E-waste. Awareness about E-waste Management Rules was also evaluated among the population surveyed. E-waste is a challenge which is inherent to the IT Sector. It is in fact the most prominent environmental threat that the IT sector poses. Due to lack of awareness in the present day, the threat is not recognized to the extent that it should be. The project worked to address these concerns  with respect to manufacturing, reuse and recycle of IT related electronic products.

The Project Report was submitted to Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi and was evaluated.

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