E-Waste can generally be defined as any electrical powered appliance that has reached its end-of-life. Electronic waste or E-waste is generated when electronic and electrical equipment become unfit for their originally intended use or have crossed the expiry date. Computers, servers, mainframes, monitors, compact discs (CDs), printers, scanners, copiers, calculators, fax machines, battery cells, cellular phones, TVs, iPods, medical apparatus, 5 refrigerators, and air conditioners are the general type of E-Waste generated in the campus. E-waste consists of toxic elements such as Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Chromium etc. The unscientific disposal of E-Waste can generate a threat to the environment as well as to human health. Due to the presence of these toxic substances in E-Waste, recycling and disposal of E-Waste becomes an important issue. The Institution can play a key role in management of E-Waste by following initiatives such as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR); Design for Environment (DfE); Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (3Rs), technology platform for linking the market facilitating a circular economy aiming correct disposal of the e-waste, with increased reuse and recycling rates, and adopt sustainable consumer habits.
An audit to analyze whether E-waste generated is channelized through authorized producer or dismantler or recycler. Auditor will also diagnose whether the records of E-waste generated are maintained as per Proforma and whether such records are produced for scrutiny by the concerned APCCE. Auditor will ensure that all steps are taken to manage the E-waste in a manner which shall protect the health and environment against any adverse effects.
Best Practices in the Institution -E-Waste Management:
Disposal/condemnation of E-Waste in the Government Degree Colleges (GDCs) - certain guidelines:
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