International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 3 Issue 1 2012- July 2012        Pages: 353- 362           <<Previous    Next>>

Electronic waste in India: Problems and policies

Author Information:

Anwesha Borthakur1, Pardeep Singh2
1- Centre for Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, School of Social Sciences, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.
2- School of Environment and Sustainable Development, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.                                                


Electronic waste or E-waste is relatively a novel addition to the ever-growing hazardous waste stream. It includes discarded electronic and electrical equipment. Developing countries are facing enormous challenges related to the generation and management of E-waste which are either internally generated or imported illegally; India is no exception to it. However, the existing management practices related to E-waste in India are reasonably poor and have the potential to risk both human health and the environment. Moreover, the policy level initiatives are not being implemented in an appropriate way. The austere problem of E-waste along with its policy level implications is looked upon in the paper. During the course of the study it has been found that there is an urgent need to address the issues related to E-waste in India in order to avoid its detrimental future consequences.

Keywords: E-waste, hazardous waste, risk, management.

DOI: 10.6088/ijes.2012030131033.

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