In the next ten days, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will zero in on the company that will construct and operate the city’s first electronic-waste disposal facility in Bhiwandi.
“We are evaluating proposals of two bidders and will finalise the company in a week’s time. The facility will provide end to end solution as per e-waste rules,” said MR Shah, principal advisor, solid waste management, MMRDA. “Electrical and electronic items cannot be called waste because every component is recyclable and re-saleable.”
The Rs 84 crore facility, managed by a public-private partnership, will be spread across four hectares. It will help recover most parts of the electronic items and only 2% of the hazardous waste will reach the landfill. The facility will separate, segregate and extract precious metal such as gold, silver and chromium. At present, Delhi is the only city in India where precious metals are recovered.
Currently, households sell their discarded electronic and electrical equipments to nearby junk dealers while companies auction their old products, which then reach the informal sector.
“While domestic e-waste will be collected by the informal sector such as scrap dealers, corporate houses and other institutions such as hospitals will have to drop their e-waste at designated centres,” said Shah.
The facility will be completed in one year and would be able to handle e-waste capacity to the tune of 15,000 tonnes per annum. Once the facility is established, the MMRDA, Mahasrashtra Pollution Control Board and the operator will put regulations in place jointly.