With no scientific disposal of e-waste and hazardous waste in the State, Clean Kerala Company has embarked on a project to tackle the menace. As a first step, land has been identified at Kuttippuram in Malappuram to set up an e-waste dismantling and recycling unit along with an integrated plastic management facility.
To facilitate the unit, four places have been identified in Kannur, Malappuram, Kochi, and Kottayam to set up collection centers of e-waste and hazardous waste. Two more will be identified soon. These places will act as segregation centers for recyclable or non-recyclable e-waste and hazardous waste, including electrical and electronic waste. Bids have been invited from companies to manage these centers.
The lone Central Pollution Control Board-approved e-waste collection centre in the State is at Kanjikode, said Kesavan Nair, Managing Director, Clean Kerala. The e-waste handling facility at Kuttipuram will come up in three acres at an estimate of Rs 5 crore, for which the government is expected to contribute some funds. The facility will be ready next year.
The collection center at Kanjikode is managed by Earth Sense Environment, which has a facility in Hyderabad to dismantle and process e-waste.
Its facilities in Hyderabad had been inspected and approved before awarding it the tender. A major drawback is the transfer of waste from one State to another, which has been discouraged under the e-waste and hazardous waste handling rules.