According to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, the Delhi government would construct India’s first electronic waste eco-park in the national capital, which will feature disassembling, separating, refurbishing, storing, testing, plastic recycling, and precious metal extraction facilities.
The e-waste park will cover 20 acres and be located in the Narela industrial district. On Thursday, the Delhi cabinet, led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, accepted a proposal to hire a project consultant.
“As the use of technology is increasing by the day, the amount of e-waste generation has also gone up. But it is not being handled scientifically and safely, which results in many life-threatening incidents such as fire, and a harmful impact on the health of capital residents and waste handlers. At this eco-park recycling, refurbishing, and dismantling of waste will be done in a scientific and environmentally safe manner,” Sisodia said in a press conference after the cabinet meeting.
Electrical appliances, electronic devices, computers, accessories, and mobile phones, among other things, are anticipated to generate about 200,000 tonnes of e-waste in Delhi each year. This is potentially harmful not only to the environment but also to humans in the near run.
To channel e-waste, collection centres will be put up throughout 12 zones. According to Sisodia, the eco-park will provide infrastructure, training, and tools to operators in the informal sector in order to groom them as formal recyclers.