The Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to make the city the first state capital to attain 100 per cent scientific disposal of e-waste. Bhopal produces upwards of 250MT of e-waste each year. It includes extremely toxic and harmful materials such as lead, cadmium and brominated flame retardants.
The move by BMC could step up its campaign for improving cleanliness and hygiene in the state capital. “It is important to separate e-waste from daily domestic waste. There are serious health and environmental impacts in case of improper disposal of e-waste,” said BMC additional commissioner Rajesh Rathore.
E-waste or electronic waste comprises old electronic goods, CDs, durables, computers, mobile phones and other items that contain non-biodegradable materials and can release toxic elements into the environment, if not disposed of properly.
Taking a lead, BMC has placed a core team at the smart city incubation centre, B-nest. At the moment, the civic body’s focus is largely on collection of dry and wet waste. However, another bin for e-waste collection could be introduced at select points in the state capital soon.
Around 250MT of e-waste tonnes of is produced in Bhopal each year, according to an assessment by the Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB). There are only four authorised e-waste disposers in Madhya Pradesh, three in Indore and one in Bhind. Authorised e-waste can be recycled, refurbished or scientifically disposed of as per norms.