International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Informative Article | Environmental Science Studies | India | Volume 12 Issue 9, September 2023

Refurbishing and Recycling as an Effective Way to Solve the E-Waste Problem

Tamal Sarkar [2]

Abstract: E-waste has become the most significant problem since the 1980s, and awareness is growing among the general public and institutions worldwide about the e-waste problem and its harmful effects. Although European countries and developed countries see it as a threat, in many countries such as India, China, and Southeast Asia, there is little concern about it. Even in West Bengal, there needs to be more awareness about it. There are many registered e-waste dismantlers/recyclers in India, but very few are from West Bengal. The primary motivation of the work is to understand the treatment associated with electronic waste and to study the initiatives taken by different governmental and non-governmental organizations to find the solution to the imminent threat of electronic waste. One of the possible solutions to the problem is recycling and recovery. Also, society should opt for longer life spans and repairable products over cheap, non-repairable ones. We should avoid disposing of e-waste but give it to merchants associated with recycling. In the future, we need more E-Waste Dismantling/Recycler-associated organizations in West Bengal. Our study indicates that compared to countries like the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. In India, the percentage of "formally collected electronic waste" is very small, although currently, the "Kg of E.E.E. placed on the market per capita" is very low. in countries like the U.K. and U.S.A. But, in the future, there will be a drastic increase in the same in India. Our study also indicates that the installed capacity of e-waste Dismantler/Recyclers in West Bengal is minimal, almost 0.24% compared to the rest of India. The same needs to be improved to deal with the imminent threat of e-waste.

Keywords: E-waste awareness, harmful effects, limited lifespan, reuse-initiatives, advanced recycling fee

Edition: Volume 12 Issue 9, September 2023,

Pages: 1116 - 1119

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