The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation in collaboration with Green Scape and ECA has set up an e-waste recycling and plastic recycling center in Bhosari to address the growing issue of e-waste in the city.
At this center in Bhosari, the waste is primarily segregated and sent further for recycling. The initiative involves paying citizens for their e-waste per kg, with laptops, fridges, TVs, air-conditioners paid at the rate of Rs 10 per kg and other waste paid at Rs 8 per kg.
Citizens can bring their e-waste to the collection camps set up in various parts of the city, and the money is paid on the spot. The campaign has been successful, with 3,962 kg of e-waste collected over the past two to five years.
The initiative is important given the increasing use of electronic goods in the city and the resulting growth in e-waste. The campaign includes public awareness activities in schools and colleges to educate the younger generation about e-waste and how it can be processed. The e-waste collection camps are set up in areas where IT engineers reside, such as Hinjewadi, Talwade, Wakad, Rawet, Pimple-Saudagar, Pimple Gurav, Nigdi, Pradhikaran, Sambhaji nagar, and Chinchwad, on weekends.
Sanjay Kulkarni, environment department in -charge, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation told Pune Pulse that the initiative is getting a good response from citizens. The initiative is a positive step towards addressing the issue of e-waste and promoting environmental sustainability.