E Waste Supply Chain Management Essay

1871 WordsFeb 4, 20138 Pages
E- waste supply chain management India is at a crossroads with tremendous growth in the electronics industry but it also faces the exponential growth of electronic waste (e-waste). This article focuses primarily on the possibilities of improvement in waste management. It also analyses the role of different stakeholders and policy making by identifying opportunities in the business models through recovery of precious metals around e-Waste management. This article also tries to study the current state of reverse supply chain of e-Waste in India compared to global practices, and the scope for improvement and challenges that are likely to exist during its implementation. The growth in India since liberalization reveals an impressive Digital Revolution story. Following closely on the heels of this revolution is the tremendous growth in electronic waste. India generates about 400,000 tons of waste annually1 which is increasing at the rate of 10-15%, seventy percent of which comes from government institutions and business houses. High obsolescence of electronic products and the necessity for supporting upgrades compound this problem. The informal sector mostly referred to as ‘kabadiwalas’ carry out almost 90% of the e-waste management in India. They are primarily involved in the dismantling rather than recycling disposed products. Formal reverse supply chain management of e-waste did not happen until 2004 which brings out the issue of health and safety of the informal recyclers. It also highlights the delayed response of the Indian government caught without any policy on e-waste management and the business opportunity in the unexplored market. Existing Indian Legal Environment of e-Waste Management Hazardous Waste (Management, Handling and Transboundary Movement) Rules2, 2008 currently covers the management of e-waste in India3. However it does not mention

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