GUWAHATI, May 10 - Environ, a group of environmental management for sustainable development, has started an awareness programme on environmental hazards of electronic waste under the ‘Digital India Initiative’.The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in partnership with NASSCOM Foundation, MAIT and CEAMA has embarked upon an awareness programme on environmental hazards of electronic waste under the ‘Digital India Initiative’.
The campaign is aimed at enhancing awareness amongst stakeholders involved in e-waste management in ten urban areas, thereby encouraging environmentally sound recycling through collective effort of all relevant stakeholders in the e-waste value chain. The ten cities are Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Imphal, Indore, Kolkata, Moradabad, Panjim, Patna, Pondicherry and Ranchi.
“Environ has been selected as on-ground implementation partner for the city of Guwahati for implementation of different awareness generation programmes and workshops among schools, colleges, bulk consumers including corporate and government sectors, dealers, and manufacturers among others,” a statement said.
In this connection the first such programme was organised recently at Little Flower School, Hatigaon here.
At the awareness programme Dr Amarjyoti Kashyap, environmentalist and president of Environ highlighted different e-wastes, toxicity of different elements including heavy metals present in every electronic devices and probable mitigation of hazardous effects of e-waste. He also demonstrated various electronic circuits and batteries to make the participants easily understand the e-waste concept.
Rabiul A Hazarika, project co-ordinator also elaborated on the basic concepts of waste and difference between general waste and e-waste. He described the relation between the usage of different electronic devices and e-waste. There were about 400 participants including teachers and students in the awareness programme.