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With fast-fashion and impulsive buying becoming the norm, consumerism has increased by manifolds recently. This is not just burning our wallets but the environment, too. Apart from carbon emissions and power usage, what’s also significantly increasing is e-waste. From computers to mobile phones, there is no clarity on how our gadgets have a completion of their life cycle.

That’s why it is essential to educate ourselves about the growing pandemic of e-waste, especially in India.

What is E-waste?

Electronic waste or e-waste is any waste product that has circuitry – electrical or electronic – as a component, running on one form of power supply.

Types of E-waste

Most of the gadgets and appliances around us that become unusable because we’ve upgraded or they’ve malfunctioned become e-waste. These include

  • Television sets
  • Computers and laptops
  • Mobile phones and tablets
  • Storage devices and more

E-waste Production

5 countries immensely contribute to the growing e-waste concern –

  • China
  • The USA
  • Japan
  • India
  • And Germany

In 2016, India produced 2MMT of e-waste but in a very short span of 4 years, it has doubled to close to 5.2MMT.

Resources in E-waste

3 major resources stem out of an electronic waste product. These include

  • Plastic waste
  • Glass waste
  • And metallic waste

Check out the infographics for more extensive and intricate details on e-waste production in India. You would get insights on the constituents of metallic waste, state-wise breakdown of e-waste production, e-waste management in India and more.

This is an enlightening infographic that would put things in perspective. It’s time we learnt more about this and decided wisely on our requirements. Share this with your family and friends as well.


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