RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS

90% of India’s e-waste is recycled informally – when will gov’t policy recognise this? – GISWatch 2010 report – by Divya and Osama Manzar
recyclers.feature3A new report commissioned by the APC written by Osama Manzar and Divya Menon of the Delhi-based Digital Empowerment Foundation takes a critical look at what is being done in the country to manage e-waste. APCNews talked to co-author Divya Menon. electronics is the fastest growing sector in India and are purchased by about 52 million people. From 1993 to 2000 the number of PCs owned by Indians grew 604% and one can only imagine how many computers have been bought since then. India produced over 300,000 tonnes of e-waste in 2010 but almost double this amount – an additional 500,000 tonnes — were imported illegally into the country. India has become THE e-waste dumping ground of Asia Read more…
ICTs and environmental sustainability: India baseline study
ewasteIn India, the ICT boom in recent years has greatly increased the presence of new dangerous and toxic waste in the environment but no official policies have been created to deal with the informal disposal of e-waste in the country.
Keeping in mind the essence and importance of environment and climate changes issue vis-à-vis increasing technology deployment and its fallout on environment, DEF & APC undertook a country focus study on ‘Mapping National Policy Contexts in India, Bangladesh, Egypt, Costa Rica and Mexico’. The study is a part of a 5 nation comparative study on ICTs, environment and climate change issues that APC carried out as part of its global mandate for global learning, experience sharing and knowledge inputs. This study addresses the need for a consolidated study in India of any sorts to measure the policy trends in relation to environmental sustainability, climate change and ICTs. Read more…
Rules on recycling and management of e-waste fall short on many counts
Although an important step towards sustainable development, the E-Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2010, likely to come into force next year, fall short on some key parameters
The environment ministry has published draft rules to regulate the management of information and communication technology (ICT) waste. Although an important step towards sustainable development, the E-Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2010, likely to come into force next year, fall short on some key parameters.Read more…

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