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Understand your E-Waste (Electronic Waste)

Trash is not the right place for your E-Waste.You need to understand your E-Waste. There is no such thing as away when we throw anything away it must go somewhere. In 2019, 53.6 million tonnes of E-Waste was produced and only 17% of E-Waste was recycled sustainably. Most of our E-Waste comes from everyday items. 72% of the world’s population is covered by a national E-Waste policy, legislation, or regulation and yet there is large amount of E-Waste which is disposed inappropriately.

What exactly is E-Waste?

According to StEP, “E-Waste is a term used to cover items of all types of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and its parts that have been discarded by the owner as waste without the intention of re-use.”  E-waste is the term that is used to describe electronic and electrical waste. The word “waste” and what it logically implies—that the object has no further use and is rejected as unnecessary or excess to the owner in its existing condition.

Almost any household or commercial equipment with electronics or electrical components that have a power source or a battery supply is considered e-waste. Although the word “e-waste” is broad, it can be used to describe things like TV appliances, computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, white goods like refrigerators, washing machines, and dryers, home entertainment and stereo systems, toys, toasters, and kettles.

What categories do E-Waste cover?

E-waste has been a source of concern, owing to its rising amount and toxicity. In many cases, improper e-waste disposal endangers both humans and the environment. It is widely agreed that e-waste covers six waste categories.

Temperature Exchange

Temperature exchange equipment, more commonly referred to as cooling and freezing equipment: refrigerators, freezers, air condotioners, heat pumps etc.

Screen, Monitors

Televisions, monitors, laptops, notebooks, and tablets.


Fluorescent lamps, high intensity discharge lamps, and LED lamps.

Small Equipment

Vaccum cleaners, microwaves, ventilation equipment, toasters, electric kettles, electric shavers, scales, calculators, radio sets, video cameras, electrical tools, small medical devices, small monitoring and control instruments.’

Small IT and Telecommunication Equipment

Mobile phones, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), pocket calculators, routers, personal computers, printers, telephones.

Proper Disposal of E-Waste

E-Waste management in India is unorganized. Most of the e-waste is recycled in India in disordered units. To address India’s e-waste management concerns, a comprehensive solution is required. Approximately 95 percent of India’s e-waste is recycled in the informal sector and in an inefficient manner. Since 2011, India has had e-waste management laws in place that require only authorised dismantlers and recyclers to collect e-waste. However, there has been a disparity in execution.

According to a study, 40 percent of android users would exchange their old handset for a new one every two years while 58 percent would wait until their existing model stops working. Since we know consumers will keep buying new devices, it’s important to keep reinforcing that message that we need to recycle the older models, not throw them out.

There are major environmental consequences if we dispose of our devices in a landfill. Recycling, on the other hand, has significant environmental benefits. When you look at the big picture, recycling is the correct thing to do.

The solution is to turn those devices over to an experienced firm like Sorditcon Private LImited, which is the best electronic waste management company in India. Sorditcon with its brand E-Junki has been collecting e-waste for many years. Under E-Junki, Sorditcon makes sure that the waste collected undergoes environmentally friendly recycling and not disposed inappropriately. At Sordicon, all e-waste is viewed as a recycling opportunity.

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