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Updated: September 14, 2010 18:22 IST

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Technicians dismantle electronic Waste (e-Waste) from obsolete, broken and discarded electronic devices at a facility in Hyderabad. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
The Hindu Technicians dismantle electronic Waste (e-Waste) from obsolete, broken and discarded electronic devices at a facility in Hyderabad. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

Managing e-waste

Samsung India Electronics has launched the Samsung Takeback and Recycle (STAR) Programme in India. It is aimed at generating awareness and educating consumers on the importance of recycling e-waste.

Through the programme, Samsung is leading the efforts to create a recycling-based society and making contributions to preserving the environment and using resources efficiently, a press release from the company said.

With this initiative Samsung aims to encourage sustainable practices and induce a behavioural change among the Indian consumer.

Samsung will encourage consumers to recycle Samsung-branded consumer electronics sold in India including television sets, DVD and VHS players, audio equipment and home theatre systems, mobile phones, cameras, camcorders, computer monitors, printers, IT peripherals and home appliances free of cost.

Consumers can dispose portable products at 235 locations in 20 cities across the Samsung service centre network. For bigger products, consumers can use the product collection facility on a nominal payment basis (if the location is outside the municipal limits) or drop the product at any of the company's 291 collection centres in 21 cities.

This initiative will gradually be extended nationally.

Google Doodle

The Google homepage design, that is constantly redesigning to celebrate scientific and artistic achievements, festivals and historic events, has attracted a lot of attention. Last year, Google organised a ‘Doodle 4 Google' contest and the winner's design was on the Google homepage all day on November 14 (Children's Day ).

This year too, Google gives children an opportunity to participate in this competition. This is open for those in the 5 to 16 years age group across India. The theme is ‘My dream for India,' encouraging young doodlers to imagine what India would be like in two decades from now and capture those images in colour and paper. In addition to the winner's doodle appearing on Google.co.in on November 14, the ‘star doodler' will receive a technology starter package including a laptop, free Internet connection for a year and a Rs. 2 lakh technology grant for the school that he or she will represent.


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