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E-Waste


Electronic waste or e-waste; waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) describes discarded electrical or electronic devices. Used electronics which are destined for reuse, resale, salvage, recycling or disposal are also considered e-waste. Electronic appliances are composed of hundreds of different materials that can be both toxic but also of high value.

While bulk materials such as iron, aluminium, plastics and glass account for over 80%(weight), valuable and toxic materials are found in smaller quantities but are still of high importance. The material composition of different appliances is often similar, but the percentage of different components can vary a lot.ent(WEEE) describes discarded electrical or electronic devices. Used electronics which are destined for reuse, resale, salvage, recycling or disposal are also considered e-waste. Electronic appliances are composed of hundreds of different materials that can be both toxic but also of high value.

India generates 18.5 lakh MT of e-waste per year and it is likely to touch 30 lakh MT by 2018. It is the most toxic solid waste if discarded sans systematic recycling.