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Indian capital to tackle e-waste

31 August 2009

Neelam Pandey

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The second largest producing state of e-waste in the country is slated to go green. A new recycling plant in Roorkee will soon set up collection centres for recycling old computers, cell phones and televisions.

Can’t decide what to do with your old computer or Walkman? Help finally seems to be at hand.

Image credits: Getty Images / e-waste

Rather than dump your electronic waste (e-waste) in the garbage bin or sell it off to the scrap dealer, you will soon be able to dispose of it in an environment-friendly manner.

Delhi is the second-largest producer of e-waste in India after Maharashtra. This waste is recycled in a crude manner at places such as Seelampur in north-east Delhi.

"We look at e-waste as an important resource that can be made useful instead of shunning it as a social and environmental burden"

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is now planning to tie up with a private firm to collect all kinds of e-waste and recycle it at a plant in Roorkee, Uttarakhand.

The environment and forests ministry and the Central Pollution Control Board have given their approval to the firm, Attero Recycling Private Limited, to recycle e-waste.

The NDMC will soon start identifying places for setting up collection centres where people will be able to leave electronic items for recycling.

Green future

Attero Recycling has attracted $6.3 million in funding from venture capital firms NEA-IndoUS Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

"We at Attero believe that recycling is a simple step towards a better future. We look at e-waste as an important resource that can be made useful instead of shunning it as a social and environmental burden," says Nitin Gupta, CEO, Attero Recycling Private Limited.

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