Bengaluru to get India’s first e-waste plant

The country’s first will come up in Bengaluru, Union minister of chemicals and fertilizers. The unit, to be set up by the ministry, is likely to be ready in four months, and is in keeping with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan drive.

The country’s e-waste generation is on the rise, and estimated to reach 52 lakh tonnes in 2020, indicating a concurrent increase in e-waste recycling units is also required.

A 2016 study by Assocham and KPMG ranked India among the top five countries in e-waste generation, with an estimated 1.85 million tonnes generated annually. According to the study, computers comprised 70% of the total e-waste and telecommunication equipment accounted for 12%. Bengaluru ranked third after Mumbai and Delhi, and generated nearly 92,000 tonnes of ewaste annually

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