1st Edition

E-Waste Management
Challenges and Opportunities in India




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ISBN 9780367249984
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge India
204 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book offers an extensive review of e-waste management in India, the world’s fifth largest producer of waste from electrical and electronic equipment. With a focus on the evolution of legal frameworks in India and the world, it presents impacts and outcomes; challenges and opportunities; and management strategies and practices to deal with e-waste. First of its kind, the book examines relevant concepts and issues from across fifteen disciplines and six areas of policy making and will serve as a comprehensive knowledge base on electronic waste in India. It links key themes to the global context of Sustainable Development Goals and explores the convergence with technological, infrastructural and social initiatives in e-waste management.  

The book discusses a range of topics such as resource efficiency policies; circular economy; toxicity; technicalities and complexities of e-waste management including role of the informal sector, and need for recognising social and human costs in policy making. It deals with the role of statistics; legal trends and reforms; linkages with green Agenda 2030 and UN initiatives; implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR); environmental factors; business prospects; consequences on human health; Life Cycle Impact Assessment; the six  Rs (Responsible use, Repair, Refurbish, Recycle, Recover, and Reuse); recycling practices and problems, material flow and informal sector in trade value chain; fostering partnership between formal-informal sectors; safe disposal; alternatives to landfilling; role of jurisprudence and regulatory bodies; and education and awareness. It also includes a survey of pan-India initiatives and trajectories of law-driven initiatives for effective e-waste management along with responses from industries and producers.

Timely and essential, this volume will be useful to scholars and researchers of environment studies, digital waste management, waste management, development studies, public policy, political ecology, sustainable development, technology and manufacturing, design and instrumentation, environmental and international law, taxation, commerce, electronic industry, economics, business management, metallurgy and engineering, labour studies, as well as to policymakers, nongovernmental organisations and interested general readers.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Sustainable Development and E-Waste Management

Chapter 2: Extended Producer Responsibility: A Mainstay for E-Waste Management

Chapter 3: Toxicity and Impacts on Environment and Human Health

Chapter 4: Treating E-Waste, Resource Efficiency, and Circular Economy

Chapter 5: E-Waste Management Through Legislations in India

Chapter 6: Strategies and Initiatives for Dealing with E-Waste in India

Chapter 7: Moving Towards Horizons

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Biography

Varsha Bhagat-Ganguly is Professor at Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India. She has been Professor at Centre for Rural Studies, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie and Fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. She has worked in the education and development sector as a development sociologist and has conducted research studies on various social and developmental issues. She focuses on linking field-based and academic research with its versatile applications, including ground-up public policy regime, strategic action plan for social change, and raising awareness and communication. Among her publications are 15 books and 22 research articles/book chapters. She has been an editor of three academic journals. Her areas of interests are research for development, land question, citizen’s rights and collective actions, process of marginalisation, and Gujarat.