The union health ministry said on Sunday it had auctioned Rs 13,000 worth of e-waste following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s apparent call for ‘Swachh Bharat’. The auction was conducted through the central procurement portal.
According to an official, the e-waste sold at the auction included printers, computers, photocopiers and their spare parts.
“On the explicit call of the Prime Minister for swachhbharat, the Ministry of Health has sold e-waste worth Rs 13,000. Let us all do our part to make the #CleanIndia mission a reality,” the Ministry of Health wrote on Twitter.
On the prime minister’s clear appeal from Tweet embedThe Ministry of Health auctioned electronic waste at a value of ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ 13 lakh.
– Ministry of Health (MoHFW_INDIA) October 31, 2021
In this era of revolutionary developments in the field of technology, the amount of electronic waste accumulated with each passing day increases exponentially. Electronic devices are being phased out at a faster rate as they are being rapidly replaced by the production of more efficient and advanced devices.
What is e-waste?
E-waste is primarily defined as any discarded electrical or electronic equipment, in both working and non-existent conditions, that is either thrown in the trash or donated to a charitable vendor. E-waste is considered hazardous because of the toxic chemicals that naturally leach from the metals inside when they are buried.
From household appliances, communication devices, IT devices and entertainment devices to medical and office equipment, the list of common e-waste items seems permanent because it takes into account almost all the electrical and electronic equipment we use.
Why is e-waste considered dangerous?
E-waste is primarily considered hazardous due to the leaching of toxic chemicals. The basic composition of most electronic goods contains some form of toxic substances including beryllium, cadmium, mercury and lead, which can cause serious harm to our environment and wildlife.
Leaching occurs when e-waste begins to dissolve into microscopic traces in the aggregate sludge penetrating the landfill, and eventually these traces of toxic materials collect in the ground below the landfill which in turn raises the amount of trace toxic materials in the groundwater.
The World Health Organization (WHO), the main UN body, says health risks are also likely to arise in direct contact with toxic substances that escape from e-waste. The danger can come from inhaling toxic fumes, as well as from the buildup of chemicals in soil, water, and food.
Electronic waste disposal
Recycling discarded electronic devices always helps instead of throwing them away. The solution is to turn these devices into an experienced company that is able to do environmentally friendly recycling of electronic products.
(with PTI input)