Recycle your E-waste today!

January 22, 2021
Extended Producer Responsibility

Introduction

Businesses and organisations around the world are heavily reliant on electronics for day-to-day activities, requiring them to have fast, latest and new age technology. With growing innovations in technology, older equipment is often discarded through improper channels, resulting in widespread dumping in landfills. In 2019, a startling 53.6 Million tons (Mt) of e-waste was generated amounting to nearly 7.6kg of e-waste per person on earth, with a projected increase to 74 Mt by 2030.There is a growing need to create awareness and set-up robust channels for the disposal of electronic waste/e-waste at the end of their useful life. Recykal aims to establish this through a digital platform that provides every stakeholder in the system an accessible disposable method which is transparent and traceable.

What is E-waste?

E-waste or Electronic waste or WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), refers to any discarded and disposed electronic equipment.

E-waste can be broadly categorized into:

White Goods - Large household appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines

Grey Goods - goods built on information technology and telecommunications such as laptops, computers

Brown Goods - Consumer goods such as cameras, and televisions

☠️ Hazards of e-waste

What lies inside of the plastic or metal casing is often overlooked by users, which when improperly disposed has health and environmental hazards. E-waste constitutes upto 51% iron or steel, followed by 21% plastic, 13% non-ferrous metals and others.

Use of metals such as:

Mercury

Beryllium

Lead

Cadmium

Arsenic

Brominated flame retardants

And others are hazardous metals, which when mishandled could cause severe health issues, along with environmental degradation causing contamination of land, soil, water and the atmosphere.

This chemical waste from your disposed electronics tend to react with water and moisture, resulting in a chemical waste that pollutes the environment

If e-waste is not recycled, it either ends up in landfills or reaches unregulated informal sectors where safe and standard recycling procedures are not followed, thereby creating more pollution of waste.

Water sources and soils in and around the landfills have been found to have toxic traces of the metals found in e-waste, raising an alarm for the possibility of these toxicants reaching the food-web.

In India, less than 20% of the e-waste generated is being formally recycled, as a result the untreated e-waste reaches the landfills, causing leaching of toxic chemicals into the environment.

Status of E-waste in India:

India generates 3 Mt of e-waste annually, which is predicted to increase with the pandemic causing higher usage of electronics.

With rapid economic and population growth, India is one of the top five countries in e-waste generation (falling behind China, USA & Japan), with an average growth in waste generation rising to 25% per year.

In 2019, China and the USA generated 10.1 and 6.2 Mt respectively, followed by India at 3.1 Mt. However, the rates of recycling and collection are far poor in India compared to China and the USA.

The top states in order of highest contribution to e-waste include Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab.

The city-wise ranking of the largest e-waste generators is Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune, Surat and Nagpur.

According to CPCB, there are a total of 312 authorised e-waste recyclers and aggregators with a total capacity of 0.78 Million MTPA (Metric Tonne Per Annum). However, as of 2016 only 3000 tonnes was documented as recycled, highlighting a key gap in linking the waste generator to the recyclers in the system.

Recykal aims to establish this channel of communication and provide a wide range of networks for businesses to connect with e-waste recyclers.

What can you do?

Hazards of E-waste to humans and to the environment highlight the need for businesses to make simple changes in its management which extends its useful life

* Making informed purchases

* Repairing or Upgrading the Electronics

* Selling, Swapping or Donating

However, often e-waste generated despite the above actions still needs to be managed, for which recycling is essential, which begins by consciously disposing of the waste generated by your business

Electronic Recycling Solutions for Your Business

E-waste recycling is carried out by both the formal and informal sector, with the latter recycling a larger fraction.

Recycling through the formal sector is low owing to lack of a proper channel/framework of disposal and accessibility.

As stated above, Recykal aims to create a robust network which links your business with the relevant recycler/aggregator through our online based waste management network.

How can you do it? How to Recycle Your Business’s E-Waste

Prior to implementing or establishing a recycling framework for your business, there is a need to understand the legislation and its relevant regulations and guidelines.

The E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016, lay our guidelines for business of which the following key points help in safe and efficient e-waste disposal:

* Responsibility of Collection, Channelisation and Disposal of e-waste lies with the waste producer

* Implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility Framework (EPR)

* E-waste producers can tie up with Producer Responsibility Organisations (PRO) to dispose their waste

* Creating awareness

* Documentation of e-waste disposed

For large scale organisations, there is a need for easily accessible and an efficient system of e-waste management.

Recykal - a digital waste ecosystem provides the required solutions for e-waste management, with transparency, traceability and easy accessibility.

The guidelines and regulations listed in the E-waste (Management) Rules, 2016, can be fulfilled using our web-based platform.

Recykal Consumer app - UZED links consumers to relevant Recykal points, with easy pick-up and drop-off services by registered transport partners

Recykal Business App enables material channelisation from your business to Recykal points easy pick-up and drop-off services by registered transport partners

The waste from recykal points is transported to relevant recyclers and aggregators for further processing.

Recykal Marketplace bridges the gap between recyclers and manufacturers in buying/selling the recyclables for further use.

Each transaction is documented and is easily traceable giving your business easy and transparent disposal framework

With growing e-waste, there is an urgent need for fulfilling your EPR requirements, which are often tedious and challenging.

EPRLoop - a SaaS based platform helps in digital exchange for businesses to find and transact with PRO’s and Recyclers for EPR fulfillments

* Ease of planning your targets

* Managing your fulfilment partners

* Online documentation

* Tracking your progress

And so much more, all on one accessible, transparent and traceable platform

Incentives of e-waste recycling:

Incentives from e-waste recycling is not limited to just businesses but extends to all the stakeholders in the system along with environmental and economic benefits.

* It protects the environment from harmful chemicals and metals

* Reduces business costs as recycling gives non-tangible dividends by reducing the future costs of waste remediation

* Supports resource recovery - metals and plastic in e-waste can be extracted and recycled respectively, which greatly reduce the costs of raw materials, fossil fuels, and water

* Projects your business as a conscious, responsible and sustainable entity

Conscious disposal of your e-waste is a smart, practical and efficient way of handling waste.

Recykal and e-waste solutions:

As stated above, Recykal is committed to providing your business with efficient and transparent service ranging from EPR fulfilment, to e-waste disposal, awareness creation and more.

With a holistic, collaborative and comprehensive approach, we assure our network of PROs, recyclers, aggregators, DRCCs and clients will create the required channel of waste management for your business.

We strongly believe a robust channel of waste disposal is the way forward in addressing the growing issues of e-waste management.

Head over to our  website to know more on the services we offer, or book a demo with us to know more.

Be a part of our revolution of digitising waste management in India, through our disrupting technological innovations, in creating a circular and sustainable economy.

Recykal

Enabling digital commerce for waste management & recycling

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