Kochi initiated e-waste disposal scheme which is aimed atcleaning e-waste like computer, PC and other electronic equipment from the schools.
The E-waste disposal programme started with a removal Of 12,500 Kg waste in a single day under an initiative aiming to clear accumulated junk, reportedly estimated at over one crore kg.
The programme was launched by education Minister Prof C Raveendranath, who flagged of the first vehicle of E-waste in a joint initiation by Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) and Clean Kerala Company.
The programme aims at disposing e-Waste such as desktop computers, monitors, laptops, disk drives, printers, UPS, camera, speaker system, television, network components and generators from 10,000 odd schools and educational offices in the state.
Instead of disposing e-Waste as garbage which create environmental issues, scientific methods are used to recycle and refurbish them are per the central government norms.
These e-waste will be scientifically processed at recycling facility of Earth Sense Recycling company in Hyderabad.
It involves a process which avoids spreading of hazardous materials like Mercury, Lead, Cadmium, Barium in to the environment.
According to reports , one crore kgs of e-Waste was accumulated since the past two decades.
The Clean Kerala Company collects the e-waste in batches of 500 kg from schools, for which neighboring schools will be clustered.
Infact, KITE has also undertaken an online survey to capture the quantity of e-waste in each school and to collect them.