WEEE Recycle E-Waste Fact

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Pune is one of the major hubs of e-waste generation in India. According to several studies conducted in India, Pune is a major repository of WEEE. Mumbai-Pune industrial belt is one of the electronic items manufacturing hubs of the country.

According to a study conducted on E-Waste Assessment in Mumbai – Pune Area by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) in 2007, there is very small amount of dismantling activity occurring in Pune, Pimpri - Chinchwad region. The entire amount of e-waste/ WEEE from this region is transported to Mumbai Municipal Region (MMR) for dismantling and further supply to Delhi market. According to this study, the total e-waste generation in Pune is 2584.21 tons and in Pimpri-Chinchwad 1032.37 tons.

Some of the major hubs for e-waste collection and transportation in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad regions are Chikhali, Kuddalwadi, Pawarwasti, Jadhavwadi and Moshi. The main e-waste operations undertaken here are Collection and transportation of TV, PC, Refrigerator, PCB/PWB and wires and physical extraction of copper wire from cables.

Chikhali in Pimpri Chinchwad area acts as a major hub for collection, transportation and trading of e – waste in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad region. Kuddalwadi, Pawarwasti, Jadhavwadi and Moshi acts as sub hub for e-waste. E-waste from these sub-hubs is collected at Chikhali and transported to MMR for dismantling.

According to the MPCB study, there are no metal extractors in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad region. In Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad region, Primary and Secondary E-waste generators exist. Very limited dismantling is observed, while the major quantities of e-waste is collected and transported to MMR.

There is no organized mechanism for collection, transportation and disposal of WEEE/ E-Waste in MMR, Pune, and Pimpri Chinchwad region. No mechanism exists in the state to monitor and track its inventory, collection, transportation and disposal.

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