A report by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India says that Pune is one of the major e-waste generators in India. With no proper disposing and recycling system in place, the hazardous waste is posing a risk to the health of citizens as well as environment.
• Over 4.5 lakh children across the country are exposed to toxic chemicals as they handle discarded electronic gadgets
• Of the total 12.5 lakh MT of e-waste generated in India, only 4 percent is recycled while the remaining is handled by scrap dealers
• When the e-waste is burnt to recover copper and other precious metal, kids come into contact with over 1,000 toxic substances
• This is likely to cause irreversible damage to their liver, kidney and the nervous system