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Electronic waste, a public health hazard

Source: Source: Telangana today, Date: , 2017

Source: Telangana today, Oct 2, 2017:-Electronic waste is no more a problem of the rich and elite in India but a cause of serious concern for the environment. The toxic waste, generated from thousands of tonnes of discarded electronic devices across the country, plays havoc with public health with nearly five lakh child labourers being exposed to the dangerous cocktail of heavy metals, chemicals, mercury and other carcinogens. Though India is the fifth largest producer of e-waste in the world, its record of recycling is very poor. Less than 2% of the electronic waste is recycled through an institutional process. With rapid penetration of mobiles, computers and other consumer electronic devices, e-waste is growing 30% annually and is set to explode beyond manageable means if urgent steps are not taken to regulate recycling sector. Computer devices account for nearly 70% of e-waste.

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