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Bid your mobile a ‘safe’ goodbye

DU students now have an e-waste drop box for cellphones and laptops.

education Updated: Aug 27, 2013 14:04 IST
HT Education correspondent

The Delhi University campus now has an e-waste drop box at Miranda House. It has been placed by dataserv APAC, which specialises in environment-friendly disposal of e-waste and aims to sensitise students about eco-friendly practices.



The drop box was inaugurated by Sunita Narain, director, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Prof Dinesh Singh, vice chancellor, University of Delhi, Pratibha Jolly, principal, Miranda House, with Amit Sardana, MD, dataserv APAC at the Delhi Youth Summit on Climate Change (DYSoC 2013).

E-waste constitutes old or unusable mobile phones, handheld computer or telephony devices, laptops and computer peripherals apart from white goods. India has 900 million users of mobile phones.

Irresponsible disposal of such devices through illegal operators or junk dealers can cause serious environmental damage and lead to health hazards over time. The E-waste Drop Box will offer college students an authorised outlet for disposing old and unusable phones and accessories. The e-waste collected in this drop box will be collected and disposed-of in line with the E-waste Management and Handling Rules 2011 by dataserv APAC.