JAIPUR: Like electronic waste rapidly emerging as one of the biggest contributors to pollution, the state Department of Forestry and Environment in the recent draft of Rajasthan E-waste Disposal Policy 2022 proposed to set up an integrated recycling park here, which will be responsible for recycling, refurbishing and dismantling e-waste in the state.
Proposed Rajasthan Resource Recovery Park will aim to reduce electronic waste as smart phones, computers, electrical appliances, etc., making their disposal safer. The draft proposal reads, “The State will consider giving a package in addition to RIPS-2019 to e-waste recycling units established in the park.” An official said, “The state will also take steps to facilitate the channeling of e-waste generated within the state to the recycling park. Objections and suggestions are invited from the public and after making necessary changes, the policy will be published.
The Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) will also support the mobile e-waste collection platform by providing funding under the start-up policy. An official said: “Constant technological advancements and the frequent introduction of new electronic products are causing consumers to change their existing models. This reduces the life cycle of these assets while exponentially increasing the generation of electronic waste. »
Experts explained that e-waste can be broadly described as discarded, surplus, obsolete, broken, electrical or electronic devices.
It includes all those waste electronic and electrical devices which have reached their end of life or which are unfit for their initial intended use and which are intended to be recovered, recycled or disposed of.
Classified as hazardous and non-hazardous, e-waste includes ferrous and non-ferrous metals like copper, aluminum, silver, gold, platinum, palladium, etc., plastics, glass, wood and plywood, circuit boards, concrete, ceramics and rubber.