15th May 2022 10:05:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

E-waste disposal is emerging as the biggest challenge to garbage disposal at present. Administrations across the state are struggling to tackle garbage with rudimentary infrastructure and are in no position to tackle e-waste which requires expert handling. In the absence of proper disposal, they find their way to scrap dealers and are being treated as ordinary waste which poses huge health and environmental consequences. 
Discarded electronic equipment or e‐waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the industrialized world, due to the growing sales and rapid obsolescence of these products. E‐waste encompasses a broad and growing range of electronic devices like televisions, computers, refrigerators, air conditioners, and hand held cellular phones etc, which contain various types of toxic materials that poses both occupational and environmental health hazards apart from polluting the adjoining environment severely. 
Electronic waste or e-waste is one of the rapidly growing environmental problems of the world. In India, the electronic waste management assumes greater significance not only due to the generation of our own waste but also dumping of e-waste particularly computer waste from the developed countries. With extensively using computers and electronic equipment’s and people dumping old electronic goods for new ones, the amount of E-Waste generated has been steadily increasing. 
The Arunachal government must work on opening a ‘collection centre’ at least in collaboration with an established recycling unit to ensure safe disposal and make full use of e-waste. This will help reduce pollution, landfill waste and recover valuable metals, plastics and glass from waste in an eco-friendly manner.
If there is political will, the government can pressurize electronic companies or outlets to have an efficient take back system to manage the end of lifecycle of the products that have been put by them in the market.
Conscientious citizens are disturbed by improper handling of electronic waste and its health and environmental impact but in the absence of any tangible solution what else can one do.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
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