State-level workshop on ‘E-waste management in Kerala’

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Trivandrum: Toxics Link, an environmental NGO based in New Delhi, and the Thiruvananthapuram based Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA), in association with the Kerala State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) and the Technopark Technology Business Incubation Centre (T-TBIC) will organise a multi-stakeholder workshop on E-waste management on August 08, 2013 at Technopark.

The one-day seminar titled ‘Road Map for Sound Management of E-waste in Kerala’ will dwell upon the need to facilitate deliberations and information exchange on E-waste rules and their implementation among the prominent stakeholders in Kerala.

The seminar also aims to kick start dialogue on developing a road map for future action in this area of importance. It is common knowledge that e-waste management is a critical issue globally, mainly due to the growing volumes and toxics material content. With the escalation in consumerism and rapid changes in technology, piling up of E-waste has become an important concern in India.

Kerala has stood at the forefront among other Indian states in the adoption and application of ICT and is a pioneer in E-governance activities. A by product of these developments, E-waste has also turned out to be a growing issue in the states and calls for immediate action.

Satish Sinha, Associate Director, Toxics Link said, “The producers or the brands have been dragging their feet till now and have shown double standards. Though they have set up take-back systems in Europe and the USA, in India they are not doing much. We need to push them to fulfil their responsibility.’

According to Dr. C Suresh Kumar, General Secretary, CISSA, “The seminar would address all such issues and would look to chart out a course of action and trigger deliberations and action points in the effective management of E-waste”.

Experts from CPCB, Karnataka PCB; Kerala PCB, Kochi Municipal Corporation, Dell, Panasonic, LG, V-Guard and Godrej; Toxics Link; and Earth Sense Recycle will participate in a panel discussion at the seminar.

Kerala IT News

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