Thiruvananthapuram, August 26: Ever heard of e-waste? Before you search for it Kerala has started even disposing of it. Well, Kerala Government has initiated a statewide campaign of disposing of e-waste from 10,000 odd schools and educational offices in association with Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE), formerly [email protected] project, and Clean Kerala Company. A total of 12,500 kg e-waste was disposed through this drive on Friday.
With an aim to get rid of burdening and accumulated over one crore of e-waste in schools, Kerala government has taken this initiative. Equipment such as computers, CRT monitors, laptops, desktop cabinets, drives, printers, projectors, UPS, camera, speaker system, television, network components, generators etc. are being included in the e-waste category. The e-waste collected by Clean Kerala Company will be scientifically processed at the recycling facility of Earth Sense Recycling company in Hyderabad.
“Schools are reportedly having over one crore kg of e-waste accumulated since the past two decades, which eats-up huge space of IT labs, besides obstructing the lab activities in a large way,” Education Minister Prof. C. Raveendranath said while flagging off the first vehicle with e-waste from a government school.
“Instead of simply disposing of e-waste as garbage, which creates environmental issues, scientific methods are used to recycle and refurbish the e-waste as per the norms set by the Central government. It’s a novel process, which avoids spreading of hazardous materials like mercury, lead, cadmium, barium etc. into the environment,” the Minister said.