Jaipur: As electronic waste is quickly emerging as one of the biggest contributors to pollution, the state forest and environment department in the recent draft of Rajasthan Electronic Waste Disposal Policy 2022 has proposed to set up an integrated recycling park here, which will be responsible for recycling, refurbishing and dismantling of electronic waste in the state.
The proposed Rajasthan Resource Recovery Park will aim at reducing electronic waste like smartphones, computers, electrical appliances and more, enhancing safety in terms of their disposal. The draft proposal reads, “The state will consider giving a package in addition to RIPS-2019 to the e-waste recycling units established in the park.” An official said, “The state will also take steps to facilitate channelisation of e-waste generated within the state to the recycling park. The objections and suggestions are being invited by the public and after making necessary amendments policy will be released.”
The Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) will also support mobile-based e-waste collection platform by providing funding under the start-up policy. An official said, “The constant technology advancements and frequent introduction of new electronic products makes consumers switch their existing models. This decreases the life cycle of these goods while exponentially increasing e-waste generation.”
Experts explained electronic waste can be broadly described as discarded, surplus, obsolete, broken, electrical or electronic devices.
It includes all such waste from electronic and electrical appliances that have reached their end-of-life period or are unfit for their original intended use and are meant for recovery, recycling or disposal.
Categorised as hazardous and non-hazardous, e-waste includes ferrous and non-ferrous metals like copper, aluminium, silver, gold, platinum, palladium, etc., plastics, glass, wood and plywood, printed circuit boards, concrete, ceramics and rubber.