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Workshop on 'E-Waste Management- Challenges, Prospects & Strategies' organised

Panaji, Mar 23 (UNI) PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in association with World Trade Center, Goa, Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change and Goa State Pollution Control Board organised a workshop on "E-Waste Management - Challenges, Prospects and Strategies''.

Revati Mujumdar, CEO, Goa Electronics Limited, opined that E-Waste was a matter of serious concern for the country as India ranked 5th in production of E-Waste in the world.
On the positive side, she noted that India ranks as the 2nd largest consumer of Electronic products but lacks professional collection facilities and the mechanism to treat the E-waste properly.
She quoted the example of Norway, which has a professional system in place for the proper collection and treatment of E-Waste.
''We need to take such solutions to our organisations and look at the bigger gains of making a cleaner and better society,'' she added.
Saurabh Sanyal, Secretary General of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in stated that the overall objective of the workshop was to highlight e-waste Management and in context of the E-waste Rules 2016.
He expressed serious concern that e-waste was posing serious problems for the Human health and since only 1.5 per cent of India's E-Waste is recycled he foresaw a problem of gigantic proportions for the coming generations.
He also touched upon the challenges that Goa was facing in the sphere of E-Waste collection and disposal and advocated that Goa should put in place professional collection and processing units to successfully treat the increasing amount of E-Waste that is generated.
Cyril Desouza, Assistant, Director, World Trade Center, Goa, said Under the new rules, producers had been made responsible for the collection and the recycling of e-waste.
He said the electronics industry was the world’s largest and fastest growing manufacturing vertical and it was estimated that around 1.7 million tons of e-waste was generated in India annually which posed huge challenges but also offered immense opportunities for new business startups in this area.
''The first T refers to imparting skills to informal kabadiwalas about eco-friendly methods of e-waste management. The second T refers to investment in reverse logistics to transport e-waste from generation points to collection centres. The third T refers to use of cutting-edge technology to recover assets from waste,'' he said.
Abhinav Apte, General Manager, SWM Cell, Department of Science and Technology, Goa, elaborated on the E-waste Rules 2016 and said producers had a huge responsibility in the area of collection and treatment of e-waste.
''Household items like Compact fluorescent Lamps and other mercury containing lamps are also included in the ambit of E-Waste,'' he said and spoke on the Schedule I and Schedule II of classification of E-waste.
Ashley Delaney, Partner, Group TENPLUS, in his address, spoke on the strategies to address the problem of E-waste.
''We need to develop education programmes. There is need to address sustainability within the organisation and develop a green office programme to address the E Waste issue,'' he said.
Kanchan Zutshi, Secretary, Environment Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry moderated the Workshop.
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