The Environment department of the Delhi government has issued notices to market associations to dispose off their electronic waste only with authorised collection centres.
The department has decided to make e-waste disposal as theme for Earth Day celebrations on April 22. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has authorised 23 companies, who are bulk producers of gadgets, to collect e-waste.
The department authorised 12 common collection centres to collect the e-waste in large quantities. Notices have been issued to ensure that e-waste is disposed off or recycled in a safer manner, officials said.
These common centres are located mostly in the major markets dealing in junk. The list of the centres has been circulated within the market of these common collectors as well.
Earlier, the Delhi government, along with New Delhi Municipal Council, had tried to experiment on ways to dispose e-waste safely. However, the methods did not work.
Officials said the authorised companies would give people a minimum amount in return for their disposed e-waste. “People usually sell their gadgets to junk dealers and create an unsafe environment rather than giving it to companies that dispose them safely. In foreign countries people pay companies to dispose off their e-waste. But in India, we demand money and this attitude needs to be changed,” the official said.