An E-waste collection drive was launched in the city today. For collection of e-waste,specially designed bins will be placed at eight locations in the city. The e-waste would be collected from here and then taken for processing in an eco-friendly manner.
The initiative has been taken by CIIs Young Indians Tricity Chandigarh Chapter and UT Environment Department in association with Attero Recycling Private Limited. During the drive around 1,000 kg of e-waste was collected. The bins have been placed at UT Secretariat Sector 9,EDC Centre,IT Park Sector 17 Plaza,Confederation of Indian Industry office Sector 31,Deputy Commissioner office Sector 17. Government school Sector 36,MCM DAV College Sector 36,Punjab Engineering College.
In the coming days,between 25 and 30 additional bins would be placed at different locations. However,a slight modification in the design would be made to have some lock and key arrangement.
This is being done to avoid theft of the bins or the e-waste dumped in it. The e-waste deposited in these bins would be collected by Attero Recycling Private Limited and taken to Roorkee for processing.
During the launch today Yi Tricity Chandigarh Chapter Chairman Sameer Jain said that the residents of the city can dispose off small size e-waste in the collection bins that have been placed at various locations. This shall keep the city clean and green.
In case of e-waste of larger size which cannot be put in the bins a toll free number has been started. The residents can call at 1-800-419-3283 and action would be taken withing three days.
Around 1,000 kilo e-waste was collected during the drive. At present there is no e-waste facility in the city.
While over the years a number of committees were constituted and recommendations made,the facility could not be developed.