KOCHI: Considering a steep increase in the quantity of e-waste generated in the state, the Clean Kerala Company, as part of state government’s Haritha Keralam project, is planning to set up an e-waste treatment plant. Earlier, the government had announced its plans to set up three recycling parks in Kerala out of which one was for e-waste. At present, e-waste from the state is being sent to a recycling plant run by Earth Sense Recycle Pvt Ltd in Hyderabad.
“The state government is likely to take up a decision soon on other aspects of the treatment facility like its location etc. We hope to treat the e-waste generated by the state in a more systematic and effective manner once the facility set up,” said Clean Kerala Company managing director Kabeer B Haroon.
He said that e-waste generated by Kerala is increasing every year. The company began e-waste collection drive in 2014-15 and till date it has gathered 350 tonnes of electronic waste from various districts in the state. “We know this is just the tip of an iceberg. At present we collect e-waste through local bodies and schools. We give procure e-waste from the local bodies at Rs 10 per kg. Educational institutions are paid Rs 25 per kg since they deposit the e-waste directly with us,” Haroon added.
Stressing upon the need to educate people on the need for scientific disposal of e-waste, Haroon said, the company will be intensifying its drive and organising more awareness programmes. “Mobile phones, laptops, fridge, DVD or VCD players and electric fans are the ones which are collected by the company. We cannot afford to collect broken items. It is difficult to transport broken items. Many people try to break or dismantle electronic waste. It is dangerous and not recommended,” he added.
Also, e-waste should not be disposed off by burning it.
“For example, most people break tubelights in order to dispose them. But, they are ignorant of the danger they have placed themselves in. On breaking open, the mercury in the tubes and bulbs leech into the soil. Polluting not only the soil but also surface water. They also burn CDs, DVDs and resort to unscientific measures to get rid of e-waste. Their ignorant actions lead air, water and soil pollution,” said Haroon.