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Deccan Herald » Metro Life - Thurs » Detailed Story
E-waste? Dump them safe
The next time you want to dispose used batteries, floppies and CDs, don’t just throw them in your dustbin. Drop them at specially-designed bins at prime locations such as Forum Mall and Garuda Mall.
 
The next time you want to dispose used batteries, floppies and CDs, don’t just throw them in your dustbin. Drop them at specially-designed bins at prime locations such as Forum Mall and Garuda Mall. This is part of a recycling programme initiated by IT solutions company WeP Peripherals in collaboration with Saahas, an NGO.

Bangalore generates about 4,00,000 dry cell batteries and several thousand CDs and floppies every month and they contain toxic material that reach the soil and contaminate groundwater when dumped in landfills. This gets into the food chain and affects the consumer’s health.

Explaining the need for such a programme, WeP corporate social responsibility officer Vishakha Das said, “There is no dearth of IT companies in Bangalore, but most of them do not use proper recycling techniques to dispose their electronic waste.”

“Interestingly, the contribution of households to e-waste is also increasing considerably and thus awareness of proper disposal methods and recycling is of utmost importance.”

Elaborating on the company’s initiative, WeP General Manager for Finance & Business Development, Deepak Chari, said, “We are now extending eco-friendly recycling to other corporates and citizens of Bangalore by enabling widespread collection, safe recovery and disposal of e-waste.”

Except for the fasteners, the specially-made bins are a product of recycled material too.

The recycling is done by E Parisara, an authorised recycling centre, which follows a systematic method of crushing, shredding and powdering the used electronic material. The “waste” that remains after these processes is harmful to health and instead of throwing it into waste land like most scrap dealers, E Parisara stores them in sealed containers.

WeP Peripherals have also adopted a unique “Green” approach, which re-manufactures products such as used toner cartridges. The re-manufactured product is of the same quality as a new product and costs lesser, said WeP product manager Anurag Jain.

Dispose the electronic products in your home in a safe way, and make Bangalore a better place to live in.

Srinivasa Ramanujam
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