Delhi’s environment minister hosts a meeting as the city prepares to open the nation’s first e-waste eco park on roughly 21 acres.


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The project’s implementing agency would be the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC), according to Gopal Rai, the city’s environment minister.

In New Delhi: A 21-acre e-waste eco-park will soon be available in the nation’s capital. In order to go in this direction, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai met with representatives of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee for a review.

The first e-waste eco-park will open in Delhi’s Holambi, according to Gopal Rai. To move forward with the project, the minister appointed an 11-person steering committee.
The project will be carried out by the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC), according to a PTI report.

The responsible agency has been instructed to hire a consultant as soon as possible in order to move the project along quickly. According to Gopal Rai, the project will be finished in 23 months.
Only 5% of the e-waste generated in Delhi each year, at least two lakh tonnes, is adequately recycled.

According to Gopal Rai, “The e-waste park refers to the location where defunct electronic devices are disassembled, upgraded, and recycled in a way that is environmentally friendly.”
The minister claims that Delhi, followed by Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal, is the nation’s fifth-largest producer of e-waste.According to him, Delhi’s pollution will be greatly reduced by the e-waste eco-park.

Why is there a need of e-waste management?

It’s important to keep electronic waste out of landfills. E-waste is dangerous when it is disposed improperly, stated by EPA. Heavy metals and hazardous materials are used in the manufacture of electronic equipment. Lead, cadmium, mercury, and other substances can leak into the soil and contaminate the air and waterways.

What benefits does management of e-waste give us?

Recycling allows for the recovery of valuable components from outdated devices that may be utilised to create new goods. As a result, we extract less raw materials from the planet, which saves energy, reduces pollution, lowers greenhouse gas emissions, and conserves natural resources.

How does e-waste affect ecosystem?

E-waste can be harmful, is not biodegradable, and builds up in the land, air, water, and other living things in the environment. Toxic substances are released into the environment when methods like open-air burning and acid baths are employed to recover valuable elements from electronic components. Other harmful consequences on children’s health associated with e-waste include modifications to lung function, pulmonary and respiratory symptoms, and DNA damage

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