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Source: This article was originally published on Times of India


Read on to learn how a few young entrepreneurs are working towards preventing the city from becoming `the e-waste junkyard' of the country

E-waste is one of the rapidly increasing sources of waste in the country. While India is the fifth largest producer of e-waste, Bengaluru stands third in the country with more than 100,000 tonnes of e-waste produced annually. Most of the city's e-waste comprises computers and cell phones, which are dismantled manually, thus creating a health hazard as they pollute the environment with their toxic heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium.

A few not-for-profit organizations like Saahas, and young entrepreneurs like Dhananjaya M and his team from Olopie, have taken the initiative to address this issue.

Recycle for a cause

“Any type of waste is a burden on the earth,“ says Dhananjaya M, founder of Olopie, a startup in the e-waste management space. His team believes in transforming this burden to sustainability. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is their 3R mantra and the young team conducts various events to spread awareness.

“We educate people about the scientific way of recycling e-waste. We believe in educating young minds; hence, we conduct various events in colleges, apartments, and tech-parks,“ shares Dhananjaya.

The change will happen only when all citizens come together to work for the cause of suitable e-waste disposal.

Haste makes waste

The new e-waste guidelines from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) seek to introduce regulations and responsibilities to all the stakeholders, according to Saahas, which is the implementing partner for the `Establishing e-waste Channels to Enhance Environment-Friendly Recycling (WEEE-Recycle)' programme. This supports small-scale authorized e-waste recyclers to strengthen their capacities.

Archana Tripathi, the program director of Saahas says, “Saahas is an NGO that has been working on waste management since 2001. We started off as a solid waste management organization and then around 2007-08 started concentrating more specifically on e-waste by conducting awareness programmes in schools. Gradually, we started facilitating collection in a few areas in Bengaluru.“

Saahas has set up several e-waste collection centers across Bengaluru so that citizens can drop off their unused electronics for recycling.

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