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Environmental Scenario in India by Debashis Chakraborty, Sacchidananda Mukherjee

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11  E-waste recycling in India

Bridging the formal-informal divide

Ashish Chaturvedi, Rachna Arora and Ulrike Killguss

Introduction

The electronics industry is regarded as the world's largest and fastest growing manufacturing industry and hence, electronic waste (e-waste) is also quickly becoming the fastest growing waste stream in the industrialized world. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), up to 50 million tonne of e-waste is globally generated each year (UNEP 2007). The recent MAIT-GTZ study notes that about 330,000 tonne of e-waste is generated annually in India and the generation of e-waste is expected to touch 470,000 tonne by 2011 (Chaturvedi et al. 2007). The study also reveals that only about 19,000 tonne of ...

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