Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Article by CSSP Scholar, A. Borthakur "Generation and Management of Electronic Waste in the City of Pune, India"

Borthakur, Anwesha (2014). Generation and Management of Electronic Waste in the City of Pune, India. Bulletin of Science Technology Society, published online before print, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0270467614541242.

Abstract: Electronic waste (E-waste) illustrates discarded appliances that utilize electricity for their functioning. It is one of the fastest growing waste streams across the globe. A study on the generation and management of E-waste was conducted in the city of Pune, India, involving four different stakeholders, namely, the information technology (IT) sector, banking sector, educational institutes, and households. All these stakeholders are listed by the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forest as major contributors to the problem of E-waste in the country. Semistructured interviews were carried out at 4 IT companies, 10 banks, 16 educational institutes, and 50 households. Results show that the generation of E-waste with respect to computer waste is highest at the IT sector, followed by the banking sector. Apart from a few exceptions, rudimentary management practices were prevalent among the stakeholders. There is a lack of awareness on concerns related to E-waste. Establishing sustainable E-waste management practices, formulation and implementation of appropriate policy initiatives, transparency in the system, and educating people on their responsibility toward global E-waste problem are essential in order to address the emerging concern of E-waste in India.

Full-Text PDF: http://bst.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/08/08/0270467614541242.full.pdf+html

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