Got a pile of e-waste waiting to be disposed of? An e-waste collection drive is all set to be held on August 5 where all such waste collected will be disposed of as per the guidelines of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), reports NT BUZZ
SACHI NAIK | NT BUZZ
Over the last few years, Raj Panandikar, CEO and director of Arjuntree Structures Private Limited, a real estate development company based in Margao, has had a lot of friends asking for suggestions on how to dispose off their e-waste in a proper manner.
Thus buoyed to do something about this, Raj together with his wife Ashwini have decided to partner with Sushant Figuereido associated with Karo Sambhav; and Soham Prabhu from Global e-Waste Management System to organise an e-waste collection drive on August 4 and 5 at Arjuntree One office in Margao.
‘E-waste’ stands for electrical and electronic equipment in whole or in part that has been rejected from manufacturing, refurbishment and repair process, or is not in working condition.
The e-waste drive intends to create awareness among the general public about waste management. However, their primary aim is to provide a platform for such collection at a community scale. “It’s a win-win situation for everyone. People can drop-off their e-waste at one place and it becomes easy for Soham and Sushant to collect it in one go,” says Raj.
Participants can get all the electronic equipment like router, switches, desktop, laptop, DVD writers, CD players, modem, remote control, telephone set, gaming consoles, power supply, stabilisers, UPS batteries, mixer, microwave, induction boards and other electronic and electrical appliances.
It is the first time that the three teams have arranged a facility where people can come and dispose off their electronic junk, which will then be disposed by Global e-Waste Management System and Karo Sambhav according to the rules set by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Government of India. “As per the e-waste rules of 2016, selling of e-waste to kabadiwalas or scrap dealers is banned. It has to be sent to authorised recyclers only, for scientific disposal,” says Sushant who is associated with Karo Sambhav as their Goa representative.
Karo Sambhav is a tech-enabled, environmentally beneficial and socially responsible e-waste Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO). A PRO is an organisation funded by a group of producers in order to meet their ‘Extended Producer Responsibility’ targets. It therefore partners with industry associations, pollution control boards, state IT departments, municipal corporations, NGOs, informal sector waste pickers, collectors and aggregators, and responsible recyclers across India in order to effectively collect and dispose of e-waste. Karo Sambhav’s members include brands like Apple, Dell, HP and Lenovo, among others.
Soham on the other hand is the founder and CEO of Global e-Waste Management System, the only company in Goa authorised by Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) to collect and dismantle e-waste.
The duo ( Soham and Sushant), who met a seminar,then got in touch with Arjuntree through Ashwini who works with TERI in the field of sustainable development who met Sushant at one of the workshops that she had organised for green building.
Arjuntree will receive a nominal amount from Sushant and Soham that they intend to donate to charity. Raj mentions that they will try to give the items in working condition to the needy people for further use. They will ensure that this waste does not go into the hands of the unskilled sector that may not process it responsibly and scientifically.
Sushant is also an environmental consultant working on projects for environmental clearances, biodiversity assessment, waste management, green buildings etc. He mentions that they intend to hold many joint collection drives. “Like Arjuntree, other such firms or organisations across Goa that are free to take up similar initiatives and we will be more than happy to assist them,” he adds.
Sushant feels that awareness levels and commitment to the environmental cause in Goa is better than most other states. “There have been efforts and awareness programs by reputed organisations such as Toxics Link and NASSCOM Foundation in the state which has got the ball rolling,” he says.
While Soham believes that although Goa has come up with a functional Solid Waste Manage Plant, there is lot of work to be done when it comes to e-waste. However he is very optimistic and feels that Goa has a bright future. “I feel we should get support from government in managing e-waste and if we get that I see Goa as e-waste free state,” says Soham.
(The e-waste collection drive will be held on August 4 and August 5, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Arjuntree One, Comba, Margao. Details: 8975766033)