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Stop piling up e-waste in your home

india Updated: May 12, 2012 00:59 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times
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Confess it… you still have old mobile phones which you might have accumulated over the years that you don’t use now, an old TV dumped somewhere in the corner of the room, along with your old computer monitor and a pair or two of unused headphones.

Changes in fashion, style and status, combined with advancement of technology, is leading to people changing their electronic goods rapidly, but in the process, they don’t dispose them in the right manner. Most Delhiites confess to not disposing off these items at all, even if they become obsolete.

“I have five mobile phones, one TV and one laptop lying unused with me,” says Satvinder Singh, 22, a MBA student.

As electronic waste (e-waste) becomes one of the biggest environmental concerns, one also has to take into account the Electronic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2011, under which, it will be illegal to sell e-waste to the local scrap dealer or throw them in the garbage.

In fact, e-waste can now only be disposed off through authorised collection centers. “I have nine old mobile phone sets lying at home with me. I have never managed to dispose them off and I really don’t know where to put them,” says Rahul Sharma, 18, a college student.

“Four or five broken headphones, one lap top, two mobile phones, music system, broken speakers, around 200 CDs, 100 cassettes are still lying at my home. But I mostly end up giving my old mobile phone to someone who needs it,” says Himanshu Nagpal, a 26-year-old student.

What is e-waste
Electronic waste, popularly known as ‘e-waste’, can be defined as electronic equipment, products that connect with a power plug, or batteries, which have become obsolete due to: advancement in technology, changes in fashion, style and status. In fact, e-waste has become the biggest environmental concern in recent times.

Abhishek Tiwari, 24
I have a laptop, headphones, CDs and wires lying around at home. I don’t use them because they are obsolete.

Medhavi Joshi, 24
I have three to four cellphones lying around. I don’t get much time out to dump them or donate them.

Nupur Bhatia, 24
I have five or six spare mobile handsets at home that have no use. I don’t know where and how to discard them.

As told to saloni tiwari