Mega E-waste collection drive conducted at 300 centres amid Diwali cleanup

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Pune: Ahead of Diwali, a mega drive for free collection of domestic as well as commercial electronic waste was conducted in Pune on Sunday, October 16. The drive was organised at 300 centers across Pune city to collect the waste that people found during Diwali cleaning.

At the event which was conducted between 9 am to 1 pm yesterday, the donors of electronic as well as plastic waste were rewarded with an e-certificate for their contribution to the campaign.

Moreover, the officials were also seen handing out rose flowers to the donors. The pictures from the mega collection drive were shared by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on social media.

The ‘e-waste and plastic waste collection’ campaign Pehel 2022, which collected waste items found by people during cleaning their homes on the occasion of Diwali, was inaugurated by Municipal Commissioner Mr. Vikram Kumar.
Other dignitaries like the brand ambassador of Swachh Survekshan 2023 Hon. Dr. Salil Kulkarni, Rituja Bhosale, Deputy Commissioner Mrs. Asha Raut, Shri. Mangesh Kshirsagar and representatives of other NGOs were also present at the event.

Usually, before the festival of Diwali, people clean their houses and several waste items surface during the cleaning, the drive was organised to take those waste items along with any other electonic and plastic waste item from people for proper disposal.

E-waste contains lead, cadmium, chromium, nickel, mercury, and cobalt, apart from any other dangerous chemicals and metals. Plastic and e-waste pollute the environment and are harmful to people’s health if disposed of unscientifically.

Some examples of e-waste are electronic devices like television sets, air conditioners, pen drives, microwaves, headphones, cameras, and mobile phones among other devices.

Moreover, plastic waste including bottles, wrappers, storage containers, toys, polybags, etc. was also collected at the event.


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