WEEE Recycle E-Waste Fact

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Studies on e-waste since 2004 have established the fact the Bangalore is an important hub for e-waste recycling in India. A baseline study E-waste, Bangalore wakes up to a new threat was conducted by Saahas and was a joint effort of several other organisations. An  ‘’India Assessment on e-waste” was done by The Indo-German Swiss E-waste Initiative in Delhi and Bangalore. All the studies showed the existence of a thriving trade in e-waste scrap in the city which was regularly fed by the public and private sector. The major e-waste recycling areas identified in Bangalore were Gauripalya, Yashwanthpur, Bommanahalli. The study established the flow of scrap wherein many organisations worked directly with the scrap dealers and informal recyclers of computer scrap or used auctions to sell their waste to the informal sector. All in all the study highlighted the role of the informal sector in managing the e-waste generated in the city.

Recycling in Bangalore involved meticulous segregation of the waste into different categories. Larger components were then broken and further segregated. Materials retrieved include plastic, wires, Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT), and Printer Circuit Boards (PCB). Re-gunning of CRT tubes and burning of PCB Boards for recovery of copper was taking place in the city.

Since then, efforts by various organizations under the Indo-German Swiss initiative have been to develop a relationship with the informal sector in Bangalore. The larger objective being to assist the informal sector move towards better recycling systems and upgrade their technology. A film was also made to document their work. Two informal sector associations (E-Wardd and Eco-Birdd ) were formed in Bangalore. GIZ and EMPA worked with the associations and provided technical assistance as well as capacity building at various levels.

Before the induction of E-Parisaraa and Ash recyclers, the two formal e-waste recyclers, processing and recycling of  almost all of the e-waste generated in the city  was  done by the informal sector.

An initiative of the Indo-German-Swiss Partnership was EWA - e-waste Agency. It is an independent organization established by large scale industries, industrial associations, government bodies and NGOs. (http://www.ewa.co.in/index.html)

As part of the GIZ-ASEM programme, HAWA – Hazardous Waste Management, Karnataka was established, which worked with the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board. It helped in the establishment of Treatment Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF) in Dabaspet, Karnataka.

At present the WEEE Recycle programme with MAIT as the PIU in Bangalore and Saahas as the implementing agency, is working for the following:

  • Strengthening the formalised e-waste associations
  • Establishment of an e-waste collection and channelization mechanism
  • Introducing public sector, corporate to the new e-waste rules, and ensure its effective implementation

About Saahas

Saahas was registered under the Society’s Act in 2001. We are based in Bangalore
and committed to finding solutions to problems related to solid waste. Saahas will
soon complete 10 years in Bangalore. We have grown to more than 60 people who
manage waste in 25 locations across the city.

We are committed towards making Bangalore a Zero-waste city and to this end have
been working with corporates, institutions and communities in creating awareness
and implementing solid waste management and e-waste management solutions.

At Saahas we are working towards:

  • Implementation of the Municipal Solid Waste Management and Handling Rules
  • Encouraging waste segregation at source and retrieval of recyclable items
  • Encouraging the composting of organic waste at local level
  • Strengthen the informal sector so that recycling does not threaten human
    health and the environment

We have also been working closely with the different stakeholders to study the
various issues related to generation of e-Waste as also its flow, recycling and final
disposal. Saahas worked in association with the Indo-German Swiss initiative to
upgrade the informal sector who are actively engaged in e-Waste recycling.
Currently, as part of the EU Switch Asia Programme we work with recyclers like E-
Wardd and Eco-Birdd to support their collection efforts.

In association with its corporate partner, Saahas also introduced a collection system
for frequently used e-waste products like dry cell batteries, CDs and floppies. The
office also operates as a collection centre for other e-waste. Waste collected is then
sent to E-Parisaraa, E-Wardd or Eco-Birdd for recycling.

Recently Saahas has also started working with individual companies and the public
sector to assist them introduce an in-house policy for e-waste.

Statistics on E-Waste in Bangalore

  • WEEE generated in Bangalore (from ToT data) – 6,743.87 MT/year


Quantity (MT)

Personal Computers






Mobile phones


  • WEEE generated in Bangalore (from E-Parisaraa) – 14160 MT/year as of 2009
  • As per study by E-Parisaraa, per capita e-waste generated per year in Bangalore – 19 kgs
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