Integration of informal sector with skill development, EPR implementation and reverse logistics backbone are the key requirements.

The E-Waste Management Rules, 2016 were recently notified in supersession of the E-waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2011, seeking to effectively address the problem of e-waste in the country.

In this context, ET, in association with Eco Recycling Limited (Ecoreco), is organising a series of closed door round table discussions on `E-Waste Management'.The inaugural session was held on May 25 and was moderated by Ravi Agarwal, founder director, Toxics Link, which is also the knowlegde partner for the event.

Skill development in the informal sector for e-waste management is the need of the hour.

The E-Waste Management Rules, 2016, were recently notified in supersession of the E-Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2011, seeking to address the problem of E-Waste in the country. In this context, ET and Eco Recycling Limited (Ecoreco) are organizing a series of roundtable discussions on 'E-Waste Management'. The second session in the series was held recently in New Delhi and moderated by Ravi Agarwal, CEO of Toxics Links.

Agarwal kicked off the proceedings on 'Skill Development in the Informal Sector for E-Waste Management' at New Delhi's Le Meridien hotel by presenting a grave scenario that electronic waste poses. "About 95-97% of the current E-Waste is recycled in the informal sector today and it's done with very low efficiencies and high health hazards," he observed.

Waste generation is my right but collection & disposal is a responsibility of others. I just throw the non-value items on the streets and outside the homes of my neighbors but the waste like newspapers, plastic items, fabrics, metals, furniture, e-waste etc. which can fetch value, I store in my house & work place and sale to scrap merchants at the best prices.

I do not care for the environment but like to fetch the best value in terms of money are my major criteria while discarding. I do not understand hazards from waste and its impacts on environment and health. I do not know what scrap merchants or Kabadies does with my waste and how he handles after buying from me."

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