While the awareness about pollution and its prevention are gaining momentum, the same can not be said of e-waste and its hazards. There are efforts in the unorganized sector to reuse and recover. However, these are harmful to the workers and the environment.
I was happy to note that there are organized initiatives from the private sector to manage e-waste. At a seminar which I chaired sometime ago, one of them even presented me a memento plated with gold recovered from PCB’s!
The picture of the baby doll among e-waste is from a wayside market in Pallavaram, Chennai.
[ A week after I posted the above, the Hindu carried an article on ‘A to Z of E-Waste Managment’ http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/what-about-e-waste/article24193081.ece