MCC to tie up with pvt. firm for safe e-waste disposal

Every year tonnes of discarded television sets, radios, bulbs, batteries, computers and other electronic waste or e-waste is broken down in Mysuru by scrap merchants in a manner hazardous to both health and environment. Now, the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) is planning to tie up with a private company to ensure scientific disposal of e-waste in the city.

A team of officials from MCC including Commissioner K.H. Jagadeesha met representatives of the Bengaluru-based private firm which possesses a licence issued by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) in Mysuru on Tuesday to discuss the modalities of scientifically disposing off e-waste generated in Mysuru.

“We will shortly be entering into an understanding with the private firm to ensure scientific disposal of e-waste,” MCC’s Health Officer D.G. Nagaraju told
The Hindu
on Wednesday.

Though the authorities are yet to quantify the exact volume of e-waste generated in Mysuru, the present disposal of e-waste poses a hazard not only to the environment, but also health of the people, Dr. Nagaraju said.

Though much of the e-waste is dumped along with regular garbage in the city, a substantial quantity is burnt by scrap merchants to melt and extract copper and other useful metals. Often, Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) bulbs, batteries and other electronic items are found disposed in a careless manner on the soil. “Some electronic waste like batteries, which lie buried in the soil, can contaminate groundwater,” Dr. Nagaraju warned.

Once the MCC ties up with the private firm, the public will be informed. “We will also notify the generators of e-waste like industries and educational institutions so that the waste is either disposed of in a designated place or handed over to the authorised agency instead of dumping it,” he added.

While the western world generates an average of 7 kg of e-waste per person per year, India is reckoned to produce about 2 kg. By that yardstick, Mysuru city with a population of around 10 lakh people should be producing about 20 lakh kg or 2,000 tonnes of e-waste every year, the official added.

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