Defined as the waste generated from used electronic and electrical appliances which are not for their intended use. E waste is classified as a hazardous waste because it contains many toxic ingredients including halogenated compounds PCBs and heavy metals. Presently collected by bhangarwallas and scrap shops around the city it makes its way to scrap markets. Collection, segregation, dismantling reuse, recycle refurbishment, export, open burning and land ll, presently e waste processing in India and Pune is managed by very well networked informal sector.
Pune region, which includes Pune city, Pimpri Chinchwad, the cantonment areas around Pune and the IT belt in Hinjewadi, generates around 10,000 MT per annum.
PMC has undertaken the following activities to tackle the situation -
- Formation of core committee
- Review of activities according to work packages
- Conducted a study through their field staff to understand how scrap shops in the informal economy deal with E waste
- Designed printed and distributed IEC material
- Various workshops organised for awareness of citizens, students and waste generators
- Tie up with formal recyclers
- E-waste collection drives, 'V collect',are organised by PMC
- An authorised E-waste collection centre at Kothrud is functional.