NDMC to set up e-waste, hazardous waste centres

April 27, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:33 am IST - NEW DELHI

: Recycling old electronics is set to get easier with the New Delhi Municipal Council proposing setting up seven new collection centres for e-waste and hazardous domestic waste.

The NDMC on Tuesday adopted the Union Ministry of Environment’s Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, which paved the way for the new collection centres.

As per the proposal that was passed at the Council meeting, which was chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, e-waste and hazardous domestic waste collection centres would be set up at Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri, Jai Singh Road, Ashoka Road, Barakhamba Road, Netaji Nagar and Lodhi Colony.

Naresh Kumar, the chairperson of the NDMC, later told The Hindu that the plan would be in place by June. “We are still working out the details, but we have identified the locations,” said Mr. Kumar.

The NDMC had just last week inaugurated an eco-friendly waste collection centre at Kautilya Marg.

The centre, set up in collaboration with the environmental NGO Chintan, is also a e-waste collection point.

Chitra Mukherjee, the head of programmes at Chintan, said the e-waste collection bins were still being designed, though solid waste was being collected at the Kautilya Marg centre.

“We will be setting up six eco-friendly waste collection centres, and depending on the response from the first one, we will have e-waste collection facilities in all of them,” said Ms. Mukherjee.

E-waste recycling has gained importance in the last few years, with Delhi coming in second after Mumbai in terms of e-waste generation.

With thousands of tonnes of e-waste being generated in the Capital every year, the need for more recycling centres is growing.

Meanwhile, the NDMC also decided to start charging a user-fee for its domestic solid waste collection facility.

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