Bengaluru gets first e-waste bin on roadsideWritten by Saahas
The e-waste bin installed on CMH Road in east Bengaluru on Saturday. (Photo: Md Asad)
Source: This article was originally published on Times of India
BENGALURU: In a first in the IT hub, a bin has been installed in a public place to collect e-waste. The bin put up on CMH Road in east Bengaluru on Saturday morning jointly by NGO Saahas and Environmental Synergies in Development (Ensyde), NGO, and BM Kaval Residents’ Welfare Association, will collect discarded electrical or electronic devices.
The city generates 37,000 metric tonnes of electronic waste every year.
Ensyde and Saahas had set up such drop-off boxes at nine BangaloreOne Centres and two post offices in Jayanagar, Banashankari, JP Nagar, Arakere, Koramangala, and BTM Layout.
Manvel Alur, CEO, Ensyde, said the company has collected 4.4 tonnes of e-waste in 10 months. “We have recovered 306kg of metals and diverted 26.34kg of toxic metals from landfills. The e-waste collected is given to a recycler for further processing,” she said.
“E-waste is the fastest-growing category of waste in the world. The moment it is dismantled, it has a hazardous effect on health as it contains harmful chemicals and heavy metals,” said Divya Tiwari, CEO, Saahas. The team wants to improve the design of the bin to make it pilferage-proof.
The residents of Indira Nagar and BM Kaval are elated with the introduction of the bin. “In our locality, segregation at source has been going on successfully. But e-waste was getting mixed with dry waste as it was not separately collected by BBMP. Now with this move, e-waste entering landfills can be stopped,” said Rahi Santhanam, member of the RWA.
The bin has two openings, one at the top for bigger material and another at down for those smaller in size. The bin has been kept in front of M K Retails as its director Niyas K N has been supporting the initiative. “I want to replicate this model in seven other retail shops across the city,” he added.
The RWA has been proactive in scientific solid waste management plans to install a bin only for medical waste generated from households. “This includes sanitary napkins, diapers and such waste that need to be processed separately. There’s an increase in adult diaper waste,” said Sneha Nandihal, president, BM Kaval Residents Welfare Association.
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