E waste refers to the entire electrical and electronic equipment that has been retired from its usage and can enter the waste stream. E-Waste isn’t just waste, it contains very toxic substances, such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium and brominates flame retardants. When poorly disposed this E-waste releases hazardous chemicals in the atmosphere and underground water which poorly impacts all living beings on this planet including humans, animals, birds, sea mammals and aquamarine life.
According to United Nations environment Programs (UNEP), e-waste is the fastest-growing type of waste, particularly in some developing countries where the volume is expected to grow by up to 500 percent over the next decade.
Humana People to People India’s (HPPI) E-Waste recycling programs have been operational in six states of India namely Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi. The aim is to create environmental awareness and better waste management system with safer recycling, handling and disposal practices. Lack of awareness and information are the two major hindrances in proper E-Waste management and the program works on bridging this gap.
Under the project, awareness campaigns are guided towards educating the community, students and people in electronic trade like repair shops and mobile retail stores, on recycling of electronic waste and initiating collection centres to arrest the problem of faulty E-Waste management. Environmental workshops, rallies, eco-club presentations, street plays and formation of youth clubs were some of the awareness campaigns carried out by the project.
The project registered more than 3157 shopkeeper under its E-waste campaign and secured more than 1, 53,150 green points for E-Waste collection.