E-waste Management

Introduction

Every electronic product has a life and usability period. Once it passes by or you find something better than it, the usability of the product becomes zero and it becomes unwanted. The electronic products that have become unwanted, are no longer in working condition, have become obsolete or have exhausted their working life are termed as Electronic Waste or e-waste.

Something called E-Waste Rule 2016 was formulated when e-waste was recognised as an official global waste category. According to that, e-waste is ‘electrical and electronic equipment, whole or in part discarded as waste by the consumer or bulk consumer as well as rejects from manufacturing, refurbishment and repair processes’.

But what is one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. It is often found that e-waste is home to a lot of valuable materials which can be recovered and recycled.  They include metals like aluminium, copper, gold, silver, plastics, and ferrous metals. Creating new electronic equipment from scratch using raw and virgin resources is a time-consuming, resource exhausting and energy taking process. However, with the help of these recyclable materials, electronic equipment can be refurbished, reused, and recycled instead of being landfilled.

Managing e-waste effectively is necessary because it contains toxic and hazardous materials including mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium, chromium, and chemical flame retardants which have the potential to leach into the soil and water.

Why recycle e-waste?

  • E-waste contains many valuable and recoverable materials like aluminium, copper, gold, silver, plastics, and ferrous metals.
  • Electronic equipment can be refurbished, reused, and recycled instead of being land-filled which conserve natural resources and the energy needed to produce new electronic equipment from virgin resources.
  • Recycling prevents toxic and hazardous materials in e-waste from getting leached into our soil and water.
  • Donating your used electronics benefits your community by passing on ready-to-use or refurbished equipment to those who need it.
  • E-waste is a growing waste stream. By recycling these items, landfill space is conserved.

We recycle e-waste!

Weston has partnered with E-waste Solutions in which we collect e-waste from all over India and dispose of them at the plant in Haryana.

Our plant is located in Industrial area 1A, Industrial Estate, Sector 6, Faridabad, Haryana – 121006. If you want to know in detail about our e-waste management service, our toll-free numbers 180030103410 and 18001235313 are always up and running.

You can ask our representatives about the process of disposal or of the nearest drop point available to drop the e-waste. Did we tell you about the incentive scheme?

In order to promote e-waste collection & management and increase the awareness about this among the customers, we offer incentives to everyone against the end of life product when you turn it in for recycling.

As a customer, you can handover the product from your doorsteps. For that, we will either send our logistics team or a representative from the team of E-waste Solutions to collect the items and channelize them through our e-waste partner plant for the final processing.

Dos

  • Look for information on the catalogue with your product for end-of-life equipment handling.
  • Allow only authorised recyclers to repair and handle your electronic products.
  • Contact authorised e-waste collection centres to dispose of products.
  • Drop your used electronic products, batteries or any accessories when they reach the end of their life at your nearest authorised e-waste collection centres.
  • Disconnect the battery from the product and ensure any glass surface is protected against breakage.

Don’ts

  • Do not dismantle your electronic products on your own.
  • Do not throw electronics in bins having “Do not Dispose of” sign.
  • Do not give e-waste to informal (Kabaadi) and unorganised sectors like local scrap dealer or rag pickers.
  • Do not dispose of your product in garbage bins along with municipal waste that ultimately reaches landfills.