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1 Every day, people from all over the world discard around 123,000 MT of damaged, obsolete or simply unwanted electrical and electronic devices. (Source:

2 Every year India generates 12.5 lakh MT of e-Waste. Bangalore alone accounts for tons. Only 5% of this e-Waste is recycled by the formal/authorized sector. (Source:http://www.assocham.org/prels/shownews-archive.php?id=4476) Formal Recycling Sector Informal Recycling Sector

3 It is a matter of great concern that India is fast becoming the world’s dump yard for e-Waste. With e-waste from several parts of the world being brought to the Delhi-NCR region, it is expected that this area alone is likely to generate MT of e-Waste per annum by 2017 (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/ /nation-current- affairs/article/indias-capital- becoming-worlds-e-waste-dumping- yard-says) About 4.5 Million children are engaged in dismantling e- Waste. Pics: Sangrampur, West Bengal: Handling e-waste dumped by developed countries is a way of life for people in this remote hamlet. (http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/asia-india- electronic-waste-toxic-environment)

4 E-Waste Health Hazard Beryllium (Human Carcinogen) Lead (Kidney, nervous & reproductive systems, impair development of children and fetuses) Mercury (Brain & Kidney damage, impaired growth of fetus and can be passed in breast milk) Chromium (DNA damage and bronchitis) BFRs (Hormonal imbalance, Bio- magnification in breast milk, reduced fetal growth) Cadmium (Bio- concentration, Kidney damage and harm fragile bones) Plastics (Dioxins and Furans) Phosphor (Severe burns, respiratory illness) Barium (Brain swelling, muscle weakness, damage to heart, liver and spleen)

5 As per the study conducted by Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI): 1 ton of scrap from discarded computers contains more gold than what can be produced from 17 tons of gold ore!!. E-Waste is also a Mine of Precious Resources

6 The increased life span of mobile phones in India is largely thanks to India’s prolific ‘grey market’ for second hand mobile phones. The informal e-waste repair and refurbishment industry plays a significant role in the longevity of the mobile phone in India. Upgrading the informal sector is essential for effective e-waste management in India. In Western countries the average life-span of a mobile phone is just 22 months. The life-span of a mobile phone in India is 6-8 years, perhaps longer than anywhere else in the world.

7 Saahas understands the significance of the informal e-Waste recycling sector. Saahas worked in association with the Indo- German-Swiss initiative to upgrade the informal sector which is actively engaged in e-Waste recycling. Saahas is the implementing partner for ‘Establishing e-Waste Channels to Enhance Environment Friendly Recycling (WEEE-Recycle)’ programme.

8 Saahas has set up several e- waste collection centres across Bangalore. To ensure that your e-waste is safely recycled, drop it at the Saahas collection centre closest to you.

9 Saahas e-Waste Collection Centres Kasa Rasa 1: Premises of Hot Mix Plant, Koramangala 6 th Block, Ejipura. Timings: 10 am -6 pm. (Sunday closed) Kasa Rasa 2: High Tension Wire ground, Koramangala 5 th Block, Near Hotel Empire. Timings: 10 am -6 pm. (Sunday closed) Saahas Office: #433, 8 th Cross, Jayanagar 1 st Block, Bangalorre – Timings: 9.30am -6.30pm (Monday to Friday), 9.30 am-4.30 pm (Saturday), Sunday closed. City Central Library: East Zone, 1 st Main Road, R.T.Nagar, Bangalore Timings: 8.30 am – 7.30 pm (closed on Mondays and 2 nd Tuesdays) Koramangala 3 rd Block, RWA Library, Inside Park, behind Post Office, Between 10 th and 12 th Main (Ward 151). Timings: 5 am-11 am and 4pm-7pm Hippocampus Library: 525, 16 th Main, Koramangala 3 rd Block, Bangalore Timings: 10 am-7 pm (Monday closed) Mother Earth: , Amarjyoti HSBC, Opposite Dell, intermediate Ring Road, Domlur, Bangalore. Timings: 11 am-9pm

10 Saahas along with EMC2 has also launched an awareness programme for school children ‘Responsible Recycling of e-Waste’, to channelize the e-waste from the household sector to authorized recyclers via schools. Nearly 100 schools from Bangalore will be part of this initiative over the next 2 years. Do check out this video by Saahas on e-waste at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZUfePBqJkY


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