GUWAHATI, Jan 21 - United Global Trust, a Guwahati-based organisation, is setting up the first e-waste recycling plant in the region soon. The plant, to be set up here, will be the first authorised centre in the region and will cater exclusively to the north-eastern region. The unit has already obtained approval from the Pollution Control Board of Assam (PCBA).
“E-waste has been a serious concern for us, as illegal and unscientific treatment of hazardous e-waste leads to severe, irreversible damage to the soil and ground water. We welcome the project of United Global Trust to set up the unit in Guwahati,” said BK Baruah, Member Secretary, PCBA.
Guwahati has been identified by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) as one of the 10 cities where awareness about e-waste management is lowest.
According to Achitra Borgohain, secretary, United Global Trust, the organisation would work on both awareness and scientific collection and disposal of e-waste. The trust would initially focus on bulk generators like companies and organisations that are required under E-waste (Management) Rules, 2016, to manage e-waste through approved channels only.
The project is supported by ONGC through its CSR activities.
Electrical and electronic waste (or e-waste) is the fastest growing waste stream across the globe. As per a United Nations report, India is the fifth largest generator with 2 million tonnes of e-waste generated every year, and growing at 30 per cent year-on-year.
More than 90 per cent of e-waste is handled informally. E-waste is highly toxic with presence of harmful chemicals like lead, cadmium and arsenic. While there are about 250 recyclers in India, the north-eastern region currently does not have a single unit, according to a United Global Trust press statement.