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, 2013
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Press Conference "Electronic Waste: Pathways for North Eastern States”

Source: Toxics Link, Date: , 2013

Toxics link organized a press conference "Electronic Waste: Pathways for North Eastern States “on 6th September 2013 at Bramaputra Jungle Resort, Guwahati, Assam. The Press Conference was preceded by a workshop which aimed to bring together all the Pollution Control Boards of the region (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim) and local civil society organizations to develop a strategy for safe handling of e-waste in this region.

The conference aimed to share the findings of the workshop and create awareness regarding this toxic waste through media.

The outcome of the workshop was shared in the press conference which was addressed by Mr. Satish Sinha (Associate Director) and Ms. Priti Mahesh (Senior Programme Coordinator) from Toxics Link. Mr. Sinha briefed on the workshop and said that it aimed to gauge the work done by the state pollution control boards on the issue. 

Mr. Sinha pointed that there was complete lack of awareness on the issue in the public domain and the waste is being dumped and burned openly. He further shared that there have been some efforts on the part of a few SPCBs; however lot needs to be done as the quantum of waste generated in the region is high with no collection systems in place. The media was also briefed on some of the important aspects of the E-waste rule like the extended producer responsibility which puts the onus on the producers to set upon collection points.

Journalist and reporters from fifteen media houses attended the press conference. The briefing and the deliberation on the issues addressed in the conference was covered by many english and regional media houses like the Times of India, The Sentinel, The Assam Post, Assam Asor. The issue was also covered by the regional electronic media like the News Live and Pryag News.