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Eco-parks in India will ensure ‘scientific’ handling of e-scrap

india – India’s ministry of electronics and information technology has decided to set up eco-parks in all states to facilitate e-scrap recycling, reports The Times of India.

The ministry’s secretary Dr Sandip Chatterjee received a proposal detailing how to implement the eco-parks during a recent recycling workshop, jointly organised by parties such as the Nasscom Foundation, the Manufacturers Association of Information Technology and the Consumer Electronic Appliances Manufacturers Association.

‘According to the proposal, every state will have eco-parks, where the environmentally hazardous waste like e-waste and other waste will be recycled and the precious metal out of the waste will be retrieved for reuse,’ says Chatterjee. ‘We will discuss with the state governments to get land for the purpose.’

As a rough estimate, Rs 100 crore (US$ 14 million) has been made available for establishing the parks. ‘The bulk of waste generated by big institutions and offices will come to the eco-park,’ Chatterjee explains. ‘The state government will select a private party, which will run it.’

The Nasscom Foundation estimates that India generates between 1.7 million and 3 million tonnes of e-scrap annually, of which mobile phone batteries account for some 30 000 tonnes.

‘We have partnered with the state government so that the e-waste can be handled in a scientific way as currently 90% of such waste is going to the informal sector such as scrap dealers and rag-pickers,’ notes Nasscom ceo Srikant Sinha.

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