Noida: Two companies have collected over 6,300 kg of e-waste for recycling in Noida since January this year. The Noida Authority signed MoUs with them for collecting e-waste from sectors and industrial areas in December 2021.
The companies engaged two vans for the door-to-door collection of e-waste, with officials saying that more such vehicles will join the fleet soon to accelerate collection.
Noida Authority principal general manager Rajiv Tyagi said, “The two agencies have collected 6,382 kg of e-waste since January. Of this, they collected 3,914 kg e-waste between January and May and the remaining 2468 kg in the past 40 days, accounting for nearly 39% of the total e-waste collected.”
Officials said a significant amount of e-waste, including mobile phones, computers, laptops, watches, ACs and TVs, is generated daily by various residential, commercial, institutional and industrial sectors in the Noida region. There is a need to dispose of them properly to avoid adverse environmental effects and the possibility of misuse of such equipment.
Tyagi said two vans, equipped with electronic balance, fire safety system and oil absorber floor, are plying in the city. “The process of the collection has been made easy now. All Noida residents have to do is contact any of these companies on their toll-free number and give e-waste to them. In return, the authority will pay the seller an amount fixed for different categories of e-waste,” the official added.
After collection, the waste gets stored at a safe place in Noida. The agencies then send a sufficient quantity of the collected e-waste to various CPCB Approved Recyclers, which recycle plastic, metal, and other waste products following e-waste management rules. Heavy and other metals get sold to manufacturers for other uses. The agencies maintain a daily record of the e-waste collection, which they send to the authority. The authority has engaged these companies in e-waste collection since its earlier plan of setting up e-bins at 21 places fell apart, with negligible e-waste collection in the bins.
Meanwhile, officials claimed that over 3.86 lakh tonnes of C&D waste has undergone processing at the authority’s plant in Sector 80 since 2020. The plant can process 300 tonnes of waste per day.