After Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata where initiatives have been launched for management of electronic waste through a collective effort of the stakeholders, Pune may well be the next city where a similar plan will materialise. The project aims at establishing e-waste channels to promote environment-friendly recycling to reduce pollution caused due to recycling of waste in the unorganised sector. The stakeholders would be Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporations, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, NGOs, ragpickers’ organisations and industries manufacturing electronic goods.
Informal sector associations would be encouraged to collect and manage a fraction of the e-waste in an environment-friendly manner. Efforts would also be made to establish cooperation models between the formal and the informal sectors dealing with e-waste. The target groups will be manufacturers of IT equipment, small and medium-scale enterprises involved in recycling, and the formal sector recycling units.