In a first, Delhi University will now become an e-waste managed campus. The initiative kicked off with Miranda House college, where e-waste boxes were placed and students were made campus ambassadors of the programme.
A joint venture of Delhi Youth Summit on Climate Change and Dataserv APAC, the drive aims at making the campus an e-waste free zone. “People usually ignore e-waste, but in the longer run, it can cause hazardous impacts. We want to facilitate a collection mechanism and want to promote e-waste recycling. What better than an institution to promote it,” says Amit Sardana, Managing Director, dataserv APAC.
A series of seminars and talks were conducted when the boxes were placed at the college premises about two weeks ago. “We explained to students what all e-waste comprises. Student ambassadors are the best messengers to bring about awareness about e-waste management,” says Sardana.
The e-waste, which comprises old TV sets, computer equipment, mobile phones and all other electronic waste, is collected in the boxes and taken to the centre where they are recycled. The initiative now aims to travel to all the colleges of the university.
“We are already in talks with the authorities of the varsity, and in about two weeks time, we will have a similar campaign in other colleges too,” he says. As a pilot, the group is also starting an e-waste door-to-door pick up facility in the city of Gurgaon.