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Delhi to recycle 15,000 tonnes of e-waste

Delhi to recycle 15,000 tonnes of e-waste

New Delhi: Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) under Ministry of Environment and Forests is drafting a legislation in consultation with Delhi Government to help effectively dispose 15,000 tonnes of E-waste that get generated through 1000 medical units, by recycling. A formal announcement to this effect was made by J K Dadoo, Secretary, Deptt. of Environment, Govt. of Delhi.

Addressing an Interactive Session on Indo-US Cooperation in Environmental Protection organized by Assocham, Mr. Dadoo said, “currently, there is no such legislation that can be invoked to legally recycle e-waste. Stipulations of current hazardous environment protection acts cannot be applied for removal of e-waste for recycling in Delhi."

Presently, there are nearly 2,400 industrial units and 1000 medical units in the capital which are churning unprecedented amount of electronics and bio-medical waste.

Delhi government has taken a policy decision to replace existing incandescence lamps with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) in all its streets/roads. This will save 1200 mw of power per annum since CFL consumes lesser electricity. This would be one way of saving power to meet Delhi’s growing power demand for domestic and industrial consumers.

The experiment has commenced and soon all streets including roads in Delhi, would have CFL lighting system. Presently, 2400 industrial units are generating 7000 tonnes of solid waste in Delhi which is inhabited by 1600 mn people.

In a bid to make the city environment friendly, Deptt of Environment will plant 1.8 million trees in the current fiscal and set up plants to convert solar energy for power generation. It will be mandatory for those who have their houses in 100 sqm plot to have rain harvest treatment plants since water levels in Delhi will be much lower.

Dr. S K Chopra, Special Secretary and Principal Advisor, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said that India and US will soon strike cooperation with US Environmental Protection Agency in creating hydrogen energy and non-conventional sources of energy, besides auto sector.

Stephen L. Johnson, Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency echoed these sentiments and confirmed that India and US could move still closer in working jointly towards harnessing energy sources for environment protection, especially to contain issues of global warming and climate change.

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