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Guidelines to classify, segregate e-waste mooted

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CII proposes recycling unit in Chennai

A presentation by the Confederation of Indian Industry explored business opportunities in e-waste recycling.

THE CHAIRMAN of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Mr K.A. Mathew (right), with the Central Pollution Control Board Zonal Officer, Dr Sharma, at a workshop on `E -Waste Management' in Chennai on Tuesday. — Shaju John

Chennai , July 25

The need for guidelines to classify, segregate and process electronic waste (e-waste) on the lines of biomedical waste wasdiscussed at a seminar here today.

The seminar was organised by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB).

There was stress on recyclers to register with pollution control boards so as to regulate e-waste.

This would aid in quantifying the extent of e-waste, felt authorities from the TNPCB.

The seminar threw light on the opportunity in metals recovery with presentations from e-waste recycling firms like Trishyiraya Recycling India and e-Parisaara.

Business Opportunities

Ways to implement the waste electrical and electronics equipment (WEEE) directives, restriction of use of hazardous substances (RoHS) norms and finding alternatives to hazardous substances were discussed.

A presentation by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) explored business opportunities in e-waste recycling. The world market for e-waste has been growing at 8.8 per cent and it is expected to touch Rs 49,500 crore ($ 11 billion) by 2009, from the present Rs 32,400 crore ($7.2 billion). Manufacturers were asked to buyback their products or set a recycling fund to aid e-waste management.

Extra payment

It was suggested that consumers pay a little extra for their purchases to contribute to recycling.

Consequently, recycled products should be marketed the right way, said the presentation.

The CII is working towards setting up an e-waste recycling unit in Chennai.

Obsolete items

E-waste consists of obsolete electronic and electrical items, the major ones being computers, mobile phones and refrigerators.

Most electronics items contain poisonous chemicals like lead, mercury and cadmium.

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