Assam has, in recent past, stressed on the growth of Information technology in the state. Bringing in IT policy and setting up of software parks are resulting in increased usage of IT equipments in the state. There has been also major growth in the use of household electronics. With the life span of electronics getting shorter, this growth is resulting in increase in generation of E-waste in the state. The import of low quality electronics from neighboring countries also adds to this.
Unfortunately, there has been very little action on the issue in the state. At present, there is hardly any recycling infrastructure in the entire north eastern states to handle any kind of e-waste. With little awareness and large usage of electronics, this toxic waste issue has the potential to damage the fragile environment of this region. Hence, it is important that we start discussing the concerns of the state and find solutions for effective e-waste management.
In the above context, Toxics Link in collaboration with Assam Pollution Control Board organized a multi-stakeholder workshop in Guwahati. The main objective of the workshop was to get together various stakeholders for charting out proper and effective roadmap for future action for the State of Assam.
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For those who couldn't attend the meeting, click below for MoM
Some media coverages
Telegraph India: Dispur shifts focus on e-wastes
Amaar Assam: E-waste workshop in Dispur, Assam