E-waste significantly contributes to the total waste Mumbaikars generate, while only one percent of it gets formally treated. Experts highlight the need to manage e-waste and how one can individually segregate and help in recycling electrical components
E-waste enters the landfills through informal channels and incorrect methods of disposal. Image credit: iStock
Electronic waste or e-waste refers to old and discarded electrical or electronic equipment or components, which are not used by the owner anymore. A global rise in e-waste and its impact on the environment is one of the major hindrances to attaining the sustainable goals of clean waste, management of hazardous waste, sanitation and good health by 2030.