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E-waste Recycling October 18, 2019 09:30:22 AM

Toxic Links Study Exposes Multiple Illegal E-Waste Facilities

Paul Ploumis
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The study concludes that the current situation points to the failure in strict implementation of the 2016 E-Waste Management Rules.

Toxic Links Study Exposes Multiple Illegal E-Waste Facilities

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): A new study conducted by non-profit Toxic Links has identified multiple illegal e-waste processing facilities in Delhi, which were found to violate all environmental norms.

According to the study titled “Informal E-waste Recycling in Delhi: Unfolding impact of two years of e-waste (Management) Rules 2016”, the capital city of India and its neighbourhood is home to over 5,000 illegal units, operating without environmental safeguards. These units employed approximately 50,000 people, the study report said.

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The units are concentrated in Northeastern and Eastern part of Delhi, mainly in areas such as New & Old Seelampur, Mustafabad, Behta Hazipur and Loni. Most of the processing facilities are located near the Yamuna river. These units are involved in various activities including refurbishing, dismantling, metal recycling and recovery. The workers, who follow manual and rudimentary processing methodologies are found exposed to harmful chemicals, dusts and effluents. Also, these units cause serious environmental damage, Toxic Links study warned.

The unauthorized e-waste processing pollutes air, soil and water, said Priti Mahesh, chief programme coordinator, Toxics Link.

The study concludes that the current situation points to the failure in strict implementation of the 2016 E-Waste Management Rules. Further, the study calls for strict enforcement of existing rules by regulatory agencies.

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