Muzaffarpur: The lack of proper disposal of electronic waste or E-waste produced by the cities is evolving as a life-threatening bug besides poisoning the environment. While the chemical gases produced by this waste leads to cancer and other fatal diseases, government’s negligence towards the problem is adding to the trouble.

Old computers, television, printer, mobile phones, CDs, refrigerators and other electronic devices are collectively referred as E-waste. On being inquired about awareness among the people in this regard, it was found that they were completely oblivious of the harmful consequences of dumping E-waste.

The scrap dealers sell the electronic waste to dealers of Patna who burn it to extract expensive metals which in turn produce harmful emissions.

According to Dr Sunil Kumar, Dr Shailendra Kumar and Dr JP Mandal, the chemical particles emitted by burning of e-waste affect liver, kidney and lead to fatal diseases like cancer and paralysis.  

The problem of dumping E-waste emerged in India in 1990 which was the decade of information technology revolution. According to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), India is producing one lakh tonne of refrigerator waste, 2,75,000 tonne of television waste, 56,300 tonne of computer waste, 4,700 tonne of printer waste and 1,700 tonne dumped mobile phones every year.

The Centre has made E-waste Management and Handling Rule-2010 Act to deal with the problem but it fails to make a difference as the technology required to deal with the waste is available in only 7-8 cities including Roorkee and Manesar.

Former Director of Rajendra Agricultural University, Dr AK Srivastava says, “The incomplete disposal of e-waste pollutes the soil which is ultimately affecting the plants and humans. The real problem lies in recycling and proper disposal of E-waste.”

(JPN/ Bureau)