What is eWaste
eWaste refers to any discarded waste
electrical or electronic equipment.
Basically anything that has a plug or runs
on batteries. It includes all mobile phones,
laptops, PCs, TVs and other electronic
devices that have reached the end of their
● Annual global eWaste production is pegged at approximately 50 million
metric tonnes – Step Initiative
● India is expected to generate about 1.5 lakh tons of eWaste by 2020 -
Manufacturers Association for Information Technology (MAIT)
● Barely 4% of the eWaste produced in India is recycled - ASSOCHAM
● Over 95% of the eWaste generated in India is managed by the informal
sector - ASSOCHAM
● More than 4.5 lakh child labourers are engaged in eWaste activities in
India - ASSOCHAM
● Currently, there isn’t any well-defined mechanism for collection and
processing of consumers’ eWaste.
● As a result, a major portion of the country’s eWaste ends up in
landfills or with the informal sector.
● Over 95% of the eWaste in India is handled by the informal sector.
● These crude techniques not only release hazardous toxins into the
eco-system causing pollution, but also cause serious health
hazards among workers.
An Initiative to manage eWaste
The CLEAN e-INDIA Initiative, launched by
Attero and the International Finance
Corporation (IFC), aims to establish an
integrated eWaste Consumer Take Back
Program to help ensure organized
collection, management and recycling of
electronic waste in a responsible and
To Give your eWaste either go the
official site Clean e-India or
Join us at