BMC launches e-waste awareness programme

‘E-waste Awareness Programme for Bulk Consumers’ envisaged under the ‘Clean e-Bhubaneswar Project’ was launched Friday at the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) premises.
The awareness event was organised by the BMC and project implementation partners Sofies Sustainability Leaders Pvt. Ltd. and Siddha Development Research and Consultancy (SDRC).
With the launch of this programme, BMC office has become the first government office in the city to undertake such an awareness campaign, as the project has already started educating school students on the importance of e-waste and how one should contribute towards its scientific and systematic management.
The awareness programme, the event also marked the commencement of an e-waste collection drive at the BMC premises and as an initiation of the processes for inventorisation and channelisation of e-waste generated at BMC.
The Clean e-Bhubaneswar Project, under the ‘IFC-EU Eco-Cities’ programme, aims to ensure that the city’s e-waste is collected and recycled in an environmentally responsible manner. The project brings together government, private sector and academia to deliberate on e-waste management solutions for Bhubaneswar. Through this event, BMC looks to inspire other institutions and bulk consumers to come forward and take part in the Clean e-Bhubaneswar Project.
The event focuses on key aspects of e-waste and its management. The global, Indian, and Bhubaneswar city-level e-waste scenarios, their significance and volumes were reviewed along with the hazards and opportunities surrounding e-waste management. The e-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016, were discussed as well as roles of the different stakeholders as defined by these rules. The roles and responsibilities of bulk consumers were examined in detail.
Speaking at the event, deputy commissioner (Sanitation) Lalatendu Sahu said awareness generation on e-waste is part of the ambitious Eco Cities Programme as it would help in creating better environment and surrounding.
Zonal deputy commissioner Subhranshu Mishra suggested gifting of new electronic gadgets/appliances in exchange of e-waste to incentivise better and efficient collection of e-waste across the city. He also called for a scientific and meaningful integration of the informal sector in e-waste management so that the city would benefit and citizens would have non-toxic environment to live in.
Under the ‘IFC-EU Eco-Cities’ programme, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group, in partnership with implementing organizations, Sofies and SDRC, seeks to establish a working model for e-waste collection in Bhubaneswar that would be self-sustaining and serve as a model for effective e-waste management in other cities as well.
An important aspect of the Clean e-Bhubaneswar project is to support local authorities including the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and Orissa State Pollution Control Board in generating awareness among consumers, bulk consumers, households, schools, colleges and other institutions regarding e-waste.
As per an unofficial estimation, the city is generating more than 2,700 tonnes of e-waste in a year. While desktop PCs, including their accessories and peripherals, constitute the maximum of the e-waste burden, mobile phones have become another headache towards the e-waste mess.

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