E-Waste Management and Recycling Options for MSMEs


"E-waste" is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their "useful life."E-wastes are considered dangerous, as certain components of some electronic products contain materials that are hazardous, depending on their condition and density. The hazardous content of these materials pose a threat to human health and environment. Discarded computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, fax machines, electric lamps, cell phones, audio equipment and batteries if improperly disposed can leach lead and other substances into soil and groundwater. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled in an environmentally sound manner so that they are less harmful to the ecosystem. The proposed workshop highlights the hazards of e-wastes, the need for its appropriate management and options that can be implemented.
Advances in the field of science and technology brought about industrial revolution in the 18th Century which marked a new era in human civilization. In the 20th Century, the information and communication revolution has brought enormous changes in the way we organize our lives, our economies, industries and institutions.
These spectacular developments in modern times have undoubtedly enhanced the quality of our lives. At the same time, these have led to manifold problems including the problem of massive amount of hazardous waste and other wastes generated from electric products. These hazardous and other wastes pose a great threat to the human health and environment. The issue of proper management of wastes, therefore, is critical to the protection of livelihood, health and environment. It constitutes a serious challenge to the modern societies and requires coordinated efforts to address it for achieving sustainable development.
According to the Basel Convention, wastes are substances or objects, which are disposed of or are intended to be disposed of, or are required to be disposed of by the provisions of national laws. Additionally, wastes are such items which people are required to discard, for example by law because of their hazardous properties. It comprises a whole range of electrical and electronic items such as refrigerators, washing machines, computers and printers, televisions, mobiles, i-pods, etc.,many of which contain toxic materials. Many of the trends in consumption and production processes are unsustainable and pose serious challenge to environment and human health.
According to some of the studies on e-waste assessment, it has been estimated that about 800,000 tonnes of electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) was generated in 2012. The high rate of reuse and refurbishment of electrical and electronic products in India has enabled the growth of the secondary market there by extending the life of the product and only small quantities of e-waste are destined for recycling.

Target Audience

Senior level Managers, Administrators, Corporate Executives, Scientists, Engineers, Consultants, Pollution Control Board officers, Recyclers, those proposing to set up recycling units, NGOs


  • An insight into various aspects of e-waste management with the respect to the current situation and future scenario


3 days


Rs. 7500/- (Residential)
Rs. 6000/- (Non-Residential) (18% GST as applicable).
The fee covers cost of tuition, reading material, boarding and lodging. It does not cover travel costs of participants. Fee once paid shall not be refunded. However, a substitute may be permitted.

For further details contact:

Mr.J. Koteswara Rao
Associate Faculty Member
School of Enterprise Development
Tel: 040-23633220