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Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, June 12, 2013
You had heard about non-biodegradable and green waste collection. But two housing societies in south Delhi’s Alaknanda area have collected about a tonne of e-waste during a drive launched on the occasion of World Environment Day last week. E-waste is the waste generated from used electronic devices and house­hold appliances such as discarded computers, mobile phones, stereos, refrigerators and air conditioners.

A major problem with disposal of e-waste is that it is harmful. It contains toxic heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, nickel and lead, which can cause cancer, brain tumour, paralysis, infertility and even nerve disorders.

The Nilgiri and Yamuna apartments in Alaknanda area took the lead in saving the environment of the hazardous waste by systematically disposing of e-waste.

“People are aware of e-waste generally, but not many know about the problems it causes. So, when this particular company called and told us about the environment friendly manner in which e-waste can be disposed of, we thought why not?” said HS Vohra, president of Nilgiri Apartment Resident Welfare Association. 

The company that approached these two apartments had placed collection boxes at the society.

It educated the residents about the problems of e-waste through presentations to encourage them to send e-waste for recycling.

While Nilgiri apartment has 448 flats, Yamuna apartment has 200-odd flats.

Buoyed by the response, the company plans to launch similar collection drives in other residential areas.