Managing E-waste in India: The Problem, Solutions, and Opportunities with Scrapbuddy

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Managing E-waste in India: The Problem, Solutions, and Opportunities with Scrapbuddy

Managing E-waste in India: The Problem, Solutions, and Opportunities with Scrapbuddy

Kabad Dealer

When your laptop or phone or fridge or washing machine gets old or out of order:

Now you must be saying that, hum toh nahi fekte, hum toh bech dete hai - However, the data shows otherwise.

According to the Global E-waste Monitor 2020, India generated 3.2 million tonnes of e-waste in 2019, making it the third-largest e-waste generator in the world. In India, e-waste is comprised of 21 types of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) notified Under the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016.

In this blog, we will discuss how big of a problem e-waste is for India and how to manage it.


What is E-waste?

E-waste, or electronic waste, is a term used to describe discarded electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, computers, televisions, and other electrical appliances.

The rapid growth of the technology sector and increasing consumption of electronics has resulted in an alarming increase in e-waste generation in India. 


The Problem of E-Waste in India

Imagine the most populous country in the world with a dream of DIGITAL INDIA — The waste is inevitable!

However, it is not the e-waste that is the problem, but the management of e-waste.


E-waste is a significant problem for India, as the country is the
third largest producer of electronic waste in the world. The improper disposal of e-waste can have severe consequences for both human health and the environment. Toxic materials such as lead, cadmium, mercury, and polyvinyl chlorides are commonly found in electronic waste and can have harmful effects on the environment and public health if not managed properly.

Improper disposal of e-waste can result in the contamination of soil, water, and air. Burning e-waste, a common method of disposal in India, releases toxic gases into the air, which can cause respiratory problems and other health issues. The hazardous materials found in e-waste can also seep into the ground and contaminate water sources, making it dangerous to consume.


Managing E-Waste in India

To manage e-waste in India, the government has implemented various policies and regulations. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change introduced the e-waste management rules in 2016, which aim to reduce the impact of e-waste on the environment and improve the management of e-waste.



One of the most effective measures to manage e-waste is recycling. Encouraging the recycling of e-waste can help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. The government can promote the establishment of e-waste recycling centers and offer incentives to recycling companies.

Moreover, you can use SCRAPBUDDY to sell your scrap for the best rates.



Awareness campaigns can also play a vital role in managing e-waste. Educating the public about the importance of e-waste management and the hazards of improper disposal can help create a culture of responsible e-waste management.

Scrapbuddy, from time to time, comes up with social initiatives that help educate the masses about the importance of proper waste management, including e-waste.


Extended producer responsibility

Extended producer responsibility is another approach that can help manage e-waste in India. The government can enforce extended producer responsibility, where manufacturers are responsible for the proper disposal of their products once they reach the end of their life cycle. This can help ensure that manufacturers are held accountable for the environmental impact of their products.

Scrapbuddy provides EPR online services to brands in Delhi and other neighbouring states to ensure the proper disposal of their products and help them meet their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) goals.


Scrapbuddy - Turning e-waste into opportunities

E-waste is a significant problem for India, and the improper disposal of e-waste can have several consequences for human health and the environment. However, by implementing effective e-waste management strategies, India can reduce the impact of e-waste on the environment and protect public health. 

SCRAPBUDDY — an online kabadiwala in Delhi — is leading this battle against e-waste from the front. Let’s discuss what are the opportunities that e-waste presents.


Metal extraction

According to the 2017 FICCI Circular Economy Report, the country could have retrieved gold worth $0.7-1 billion from e-waste. According to the Global E-waste Monitor 2020 report, e-waste is generated globally in 2019 comprised raw materials (mostly iron, copper, and gold) worth $57 billion.


E-waste mining

Secures the supply of resources needed for manufacturing EEE products, solar panels, EVs, etc.


Employment opportunities

In 2022, just 33% of India's 16.01 lakh tonnes of e-waste was treated.

Recycling e-waste generates new employment opportunities for professional junk pickers, recyclers, and refurbishers, as well as new markets for the precious components & metals that are disassembled.

Now you know e-waste presents both the dire consequences and unimaginable opportunities.

So the next time you have unwanted electronic goods, you know what you need to do.


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