e-waste facts

Virtually all electronic trash contain toxic materials that can be harmful to people and the planet. Becoming aware of the effects of e-Waste is the first step in dealing with this issue.

  • 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste are disposed worldwide every year.
  • Northern India is not the leading generator of E-waste but it is the leading processing centre in India
  • Delhi forms the hub of informal sector recycling e-waste which includes open burning and wet-end processes.
  • Sources of E-waste in Delhi are public and private enterprises, individual consumers, government offices and manufacturing rejections. The E-waste imported into Mumbai and Chennai ports also makes its way into the Delhi and NCR region
  • Cell phones and other electronic items contain high amounts of precious metals like gold or silver.
  • 81% of a desktop computer’s energy is used in MAKING the computer and not while using it.
  • Recycling aluminum saves 90% of energy needed to mine new aluminum.
  • 25% of the electronic wastes generated are from computers and laptops.
  • 94% of organizations do not have IT Disposal Policies
  • 80% of the replaced computers directly enter the E-waste stream either through scrap dealers, second hand markets and exchange/buy back schemes.
  • Almost 60% of the business organizations look for best monetary offers while disposing off their old computers
  • In-depth interviews with 432 households in Delhi suggests that average age of disposal of computers is 4.3 years, televisions is 7.2 years and mobiles is 2.2 years
  • Delhi employs 30,000 workers in scrap yards which handle 40,000-80,000 ton of E-waste annually
  • A large number of what is labeled as “e-waste” is actually not waste at all, but rather whole electronic equipment or parts that are readily marketable for reuse or can be recycled for materials recovery.

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