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E-Waste Management Challenges and Opportunities in India

By Varsha Bhagat-Ganguly Copyright 2022
    238 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    238 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    238 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

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    This book offers an extensive review of e-waste management in India, the world’s third‑largest producer of waste from electrical and electronic equipment. With a focus on the evolution of legalframeworks 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 15 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.

    A range of topics are discussed, 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. The book 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.

    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



    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 interest are research for development, land question, citizen’s rights and collective actions, process of marginalisation and Gujarat.