Kolkata and its suburbs annually produce nearly 26,000 tonnes of electronic waste, out of which only eight per cent is recycled, an official study has said.

The study, conducted by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board, found that e-waste generation in the Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) had been estimated to be 25,999 metric tonnes for 2010, of which 9,290 tonnes is available for recycling and only 2,022 metric tonnes is actually recycled.

The reason for the low rate of recycling, about 8 %, is attributed to the absence of authorised e-waste reprocessing units in the State.

More than 90 per cent of e-waste gets mixed with other forms of waste in the KMA, which includes the city and its suburbs. - PTI