Skip to main content

India E-Waste Program: IFC & Karo Sambhav collaborate to build a sustainable electronic waste solution for India

IFC has partnered with Karo Sambhav, a collective producer responsibility organization (PRO) engaged in developing and implementing responsible electronic waste (e-waste) management solutions across India for its member producers. Electronic waste refers to discarded electrical or electronic devices, including phones, computers, tablets, refrigerators, air conditioners amongst others.

Karo, focused on the Information Technology Enabled Services Industry, represents several prominent electronic producers including Apple, Dell, Lenovo, and H.P, and will help these organizations comply with the E-waste Management and Handling Rules 2016 through a transformative technology enabled e-waste management and governance platform. The Rules mandate electronic producers collect and responsibly recycle 30 percent of the waste generated for the first two years and gradually increase it to 70 percent by 2023.

 “We aim to be a pioneer in establishing sustainable E-waste management solutions across India and making recycling a way of life,” said Pranshu Singhal, Founder & Director, Karo Sambhav. “We are committed to achieving high environmental and social standards in collection, dismantling and recycling of e-waste and bringing about transparency at every level through the use of technology.”

India, the fifth largest producer of E-waste globally, generates over 1.8 million tonnes of e-waste per annum with a growth rate of 30 percent per annum. With 95 percent of E-waste being collected and handled by the informal sector which uses unsafe methods to dismantle and recycle e-waste, it leads to serious health hazards for value chain partners. It is estimated that 76 percent of electronic-waste workers suffer from respiratory ailments due to improper safeguards at dismantling units. In addition, a large part of these electronic products get accumulated in landfills leading to the deterioration of the environment.

“E-waste management is currently a big problem in the country and the e-waste generated in India is growing significantly year on year. We partnered with Karo Sambhav as our PRO because of our trust in the organisation’s ability to understand the complexity of managing e-waste in India, as India is still new to the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility. We are especially excited about the Karo Sambhav App that we hope will bring in the much-needed transparency in this sector,” said Rahul Agarwal, Manager Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, at Lenovo.

IFC’s India E-waste program aims to optimize recovery of resources from electrical and electronic products, keeping discarded or obsolete electronic products out of landfills, and to promote the adoption of responsible e-waste management practices in India. The program will also roll out a pan-India multi stakeholder awareness campaign to address low awareness levels about e-waste and increase sustainable e-waste channelization among households, companies, schools, colleges, and government agencies. IFC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Karo Sambhav and the Indian Cellular Association, the apex body of the mobile industry, to collaborate on developing this sustainable e-waste management system for India.

“The India E-waste program is a part of IFC’s strategy to undertake transformative high impact projects in developing countries to increase access to basic services and to build sustainable infrastructure,” said Neal Donahue, Global Manager of SME & Value Chain Solutions, IFC. “In building a sustainable solution for e-waste management in India, we will address critical gaps in the market by systematically leveraging international and local best practices in the sector.  The program aims to have a positive impact on the environment while creating sustainable livelihoods and improving the health conditions of value chain partners.”

The awareness and engagement programmes aim to reach out to over 1,000 Schools and 2,000 institutional consumers of e-waste across 27 states over the next one year. The India E-waste Program is supported by the government of Japan and the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund of the World Bank Group.  

Popular posts from this blog

Cloud Computing powering India’s priority of ‘Digital-first country’

By: Sunil Mahale, India MD and VP, Nutanix
Digital transformation has been recognized as being vital to the growth of our nation. This transformation has enjoyed the unanimous approval and contribution from all stake holders including enterprises, MSMEs, government bodies and citizens. But this level of adoption in a country with a population of over a billion people would need a robust technology base that is capable to collecting and distributing vital data seamlessly.
Digital India envisions creating high speed digital highways, that will impact commerce and create a digital footprint for every individual. Technologies based on mobility, analytics, Internet of things and most importantly, cloud technologies are the building blocks for the digital India missionThere is a growing need to manage huge volumes of data, and making them readily available to public through digital cloud services. Cloud has a pivotal role in enabling this change.
While Data centers have become crucial to th…

Semalt Expert Tells The Reasons Qualitative SEO Services Are Not Cheap

Just like the internet, Search Engine Optimization is constantly changing. Also, it's becoming more difficult to perform a good SEO as soon as Google is continuously improving the algorithm of ranking websites. SEO becomes more complicated so you should expect to pay more for hiring SEO specialists or agencies.
The leading Customer Success Manager of Semalt, Igor Gamanenko explains what factors force SEO services cost increase.
SEO Expertise
SEO has been undergoing the crucial changes and updates over the last 10 years. In the early days of SEO, Google only was caring about the technical aspect of your website, links and keyword metadata to rate you higher. The rating guidelines were quite easy: all you had to do was using some keywords in your metadata and more links than your competitors. This was enough to give you a higher ranking in search engines.
Today, the game has completely changed. Through semantics, Google has a better understanding of internet searches, so it can judg…

RevStart launches its RevItUp Incubation Programme

Underlining its vision of creating a nurturing ecosystem for start-ups to grow in, RevStart, a co-working and incubation centre, has announced the launch of its RevItUp Incubation Programme. The 12-week long programme will be held at RevStart Incubation Centre in Noida from July 1, 2018 onwards. As part of the programme, RevStart will select five high potential start-ups from the ed-tech sector, AI, Consumer Internet, Sustainability, as well as for-profit social impact companies to assist them with developing their business, along with connecting them to global mentors across industries and sectors. In addition, start-ups selected for the programme will receive INR 5 lakh to Rs. 25 lakhs worth of cash and benefits, while RevStart will get an equity stake in the ventures.
The RevItUp Incubation Programme has been created to enhance the founding team’s industry, product, and company building knowledge and capabilities through a world-class curriculum. The programme will focus on tailor…