India: National policy on e-Waste

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Electronic waste (e-Waste), unlike other forms of waste, can cause immediate danger to all inhabitants owing to its high toxicity and carcinogenic qualities. e-Waste is very much hazardous type for health.


The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Bengal, India, was already looking at separate laws under the existing Environment Protection Act to tackle the e-Waste menace. At a recent meet in Hyderabad, the MoEF held detailed discussions with various experts on such legislation, mainly over collection and safe disposal of such waste after proper segregation. Among the major metros, Mumbai is said to be topping the list at 11,000 tonnes, followed by Delhi (10,000) Bangalore (6,400), Chennai (4,032) and Kolkata (4,000).

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