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Now, discard your old phone, remote in special e-waste bins

Atul Mathur, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 11, 2010
First Published: 22:59 IST(11/3/2010) | Last Updated: 23:00 IST(11/3/2010)

Discarding your old electronic items like mobile phones, remote controls and compact discs just became easier.

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Concerned about the increasing amount of e-waste (electronic waste) being generated in the capital and being disposed off in most harmful manner, the Delhi government has decided to install e-waste bins at some strategic locations in Delhi.

According to Delhi environment secretary Dharmendra (who goes by his first name), 10 schools and six markets have been chosen in New Delhi area, the heart of the capital, where the department would install e-waste bins. One bin will also be kept at the Delhi secretariat.

The project is likely to take off later this month.

“We have tied up with three authorised e-waste recyclers who will pick up these waste bins regularly and dispose it safely,” Dharmendra said.

According to unofficial estimates, nearly 11,000 metric tonnes e-waste is generated in India annually. This waste is often burnt producing harmful gases loaded with lead, mercury and cadmium.

A recent UN report has labelled India as the second biggest e-waste contributor in Asia.

Officials say, it is a pilot project that aims at creating awareness among people. They said most people don’t know that e-waste should not be disposed with the normal kitchen waste.

Dharmendra, however, said installation of e-waste bins was just a beginning and hoped to take the initiative to more areas in Delhi.

Khan Market, Sarojini Nagar Market and Connaught Place are some of the areas where the e-waste bins will be kept. The department has also shortlisted some private and government schools in the New Delhi area where the bins will be kept.

“Bins will be kept in schools to spread awareness among students who will carry the message home to their parents,” a senior environment officer said.

The bins would be made of transparent acrylic material and will have a small opening to allow items like chargers, remotes and mobile phones to be dumped. Officials said the bins would also have the toll free number of the recyclers who could be contacted in case people want to dispose off bigger things like monitors.

Initially, the bins would be cleared every fortnight but officials added that frequency could be increased if required.


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