Why in news?
- India’s first E-waste clinic has been opened in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
What is it?
- Electronic waste or e-waste forms the discarded electrical or electronic devices.
- These products have exhausted their utility value through redundancy, replacement, or breakage.
- They include both “white goods” such as refrigerators, washing machines, microwaves and “brown goods” such as televisions, radios, computers, and cell phones.
- About the initiative:
- It would be a 3-month pilot project, which, if successful, will be replicated everywhere in India.
- Under it, E-waste will be collected door-to-door or could be deposited directly at the clinic in exchange for a fee.
- For door-to-door collection, either separate carts for the collection of e-waste will be designed, or separate bins will be attached to existing ones meant for solid and wet waste.
- The CPCB will provide technical support at the unit and the collected hazardous waste will then be sent to Bengaluru for recycling.
- The clinic is being conceived in compliance with the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.