December 2017

Tackling e-waste the ‘microbial’ way

Written by ANJALI MARAR | Pune | Published: December 7, 2017 4:51 am Their disposal, experts said, is trickier, due to the inclusion of a wide range of metals, some of which are toxic. RELATED NEWS ‘If you can’t collect CFL bulbs, don’t sell so many,’ tells Delhi High Court Discarding e-waste the right way: A baby step towards a clean environment CAG report: UT admn has no exact data on e-waste produced in Chandigarh MOBILE CHARGERS are an inevitable part of our lives, but, once rendered non-functional, they are among one of the most disposed-off electronic waste items found at any e-waste scrap market. A team of scientists from Maharashtra recently conducted a study and developed a unique ‘microbial solution’ for the problem, through which they could extract up to 92 per cent of the metal components from a defunct charger. This would make their disposal safer. The study was recently published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research. With every Indian household today possessing an average of at least three chargers, the item has increased the huge burden of e-waste in the country by several folds. Their disposal, experts said, is trickier, due to the inclusion of a…

E-waste adds to mountain of problems counties face

Electronic waste disposal is the latest headache to counties, which are already grappling with poor refuse collection and dumping. County officials blame cheaper imports and launch of e-government services as factors contributing to huge chunks of e-waste. The increasing number of higher learning institutions, all equipped with electronics, is yet another factor. In Kisii, the county government recently launched a joint programme with Kisii University and the East African Compliance Recycling (EARC) to establish an e-waste collection centre.

Combating e-waste in Cameroon

Ericsson partners with MTN to dispose of decommissioned electronic equipment in Cameroon In 2017, Ericsson successfully gathered 53 tons of waste in Cameroon and sent to its recycling partner in South Africa Partnership helps with disposal, reduced costs and risks, as well as carbon footprint MTN Cameroon and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) have been working together successfully in 2017 under the Product Take Back program (E-waste take back) to minimize the potential environmental impact associated with the disposal of decommissioned electrical equipment.