IEP Chandigarh, September 19
Anindita Mitra, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Chandigarh has launched an e-waste collection centre in the MCC campus to create awareness about proper disposal of electronic waste.As a part of ‘Swachh Amrit Mahotsav’, the collection centre has been started to get rid of the waste responsibly so that it does not pollute the environment, said the Commissioner. She said that this centre has been set up in association with “Karo Sambhav”, working in the field of collection of e-waste management that will further take care of the e-waste collected in the centre.She said that it is normal for people to dump e-waste in garbage what seems innocuous comes back to the society, causing harm. The NGO will dispose it responsibly and it will also provide the MCC a report on the amount of e-waste generated with the centre. She said that this centre is a bid to segregate e-waste from domestic biodegradable waste and dispose it off to authorized recyclers.She said that the Municipal Corporation itself generated huge quantity of e-waste including old desktops, keyboards, mouse, laptops and mobile phones etc. which will be deposited in the e-waste collection centre now and the necessary directions have been issued to the concerned offices. She said that the employees have also been advised to collect the e-waste generated in their household be deposited in the centre responsibly.She said that while importance has been accorded to the disposal of conventional wet waste and other biodegradable waste from commercial areas and residences, e-waste collection and disposal had not received adequate focus.She appealed the residents of city beautiful to dispose off their e-waste separately for recycling it responsibly and do not mix it with other type of household waste.