India facing e-waste problem: Expert

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Puducherry, Feb 1: The country is facing the problem of electronic waste management(e-waste) due to the developments in the field of IT, a top government official today said.

Adressing the two-day capacity building workshop on solid and bio-medical waste management organised jointly by the Pollution Control Committee and C P R Environmental Education Centre in Chennai here, Dr A B Harapana Hailli, Director, Ministry of Environment and Forest, South Zone Office, said since e-waste was hazardous to enviornment,the Centre was formulating a draft bill for it's proper management.

The Southern States fared better in solid waste management compared to those in the North. As many as 200 direct or indirect laws were there to protect environment 'but only on paper.' Dr Hailli said 300 million tonne of waste would be generated each day by 2047 when 170 sq km would be required to dump it.

The mindset of the people on use and throw should change and there should be co-ordinated efforts in storage, transporation and disposal of waste.

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