Electronic Waste Management: A Global Concern

Journal Name: 
Journal of Management Outlook
Vol. 8 - No. 2
Author Name Designation Organization
Ambika Bhatia
Chhavi Kiran

Twenty first century can aptly be called as "Century of gadgets and gizmos". Rapid diffusion of technology has improved the standards of living but has also led to a growing problem of managing electronic waste across the globe. Reports suggest that 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated across the world in 2016 and India was second largest generator producing 2.2 Mt of e-waste. The main problem associated with management of e-waste is that in India 95 percent of e-waste is being managed by informal sector which adopts some crude practices for managing it. An electronic component contains toxic materials which can cause lot of damage to human health and the environment if not treated properly. E-waste is growing at an alarming rate and needs to be addressed soon before it becomes unmanageable. For doing so, it is important that all the citizens across the world join hands together to deal with this menace. Through this paper an attempt has been made to highlight the growing levels of e-waste in different nations with special focus on India. Further an attempt has been made to identify certain problems associated with e-waste management.