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Workshop focus on e-waste disposal

An old laptop or a mobile phone may be of no value, but did you know if discarded properly they have the potential to generate wealth and also save the environment?

By Our Correspondent in Jamshedpur
  • Published 23.02.18
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Jamshedpur: An old laptop or a mobile phone may be of no value, but did you know if discarded properly they have the potential to generate wealth and also save the environment?

Burmamines-based National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML) for the first time has taken an initiative to make people aware about properly discarding e-waste or electronic waste, which are considered harmful to the environment.

NML will organise a CSIR Integrated Skill Training Initiative programme on 'E-waste Deconstruction' on February 27 and 28 on its premises in Burmamines. The programme is aimed at creating entrepreneurs in the field of e-waste management.

Electronic waste or e-waste refers to all kinds of electronic equipments and their parts that have been discarded by the owners. According to survey reports, India generated two million e-wastes in 2016 and the figure is expected to touch three million by 2018-end.

The training will be targeted to people who have a technical background and are interested to create their own start-ups with e-waste as the core area. The first training will be meant for only 25 participants. Each participant will be charged Rs 500 while participating organisations have to pay Rs 1,000.

"There are too few e-waste collectors in India to manage tons of waste. Moreover in unorganised sectors workers extract metals without adequate protection, which in turn exposes them to health risks. We would like to help aspiring entrepreneurs and also create master trainers who can train other people in the industry," said Mita Tarafder, principal scientist at NML and programme co-ordinator.

NML is also ready to support aspiring entrepreneurs to work on setting up e-waste management centres in eastern India with state-of-the-art technology.

"Unfortunately, there is only one e-waste management and recycling centre in Calcutta, which is not sufficient to manage the generated waste. It's high time we start thinking about properly dealing with e-waste," said Tarafder.