Not a single centre to collect DHW in Raipur
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 01 Mar 2017 10:53:02|
By Roshan Chachane,
‘Electronic or electrical equipments’ have percolated so deep into human society that it’s hard to imagine a life without them. While they revolutionise our way of living, they created a relatively new concept of e-waste disposal, which Civic Bodies in India,
unfortunately, aren’t geared up to dispose-off and RMC is no exception to this.
“As a part of the project to develop basic sanitation infrastructure under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Solid Liquid Resources Management (SLRM) to separate the solid and wet wastages had been set up across
8 RMC Zones. However, there is not a single centre to collect Domestic Hazardous Waste (DHW),” environmentalist Nitin Singhvi, in a letter, drew the attention of Urban Administration and Development Department Secretary.
Singhvi further elaborated on the issue, saying that the Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 mandates one such e-waste collection centre every 20 square kilometres in urban and rural areas. Raipur has an area of 250 square kilometres, including Birgaon Municipal Council, yet not a single DHW Centre whereas the requirement is of minimum 20 centres. Rules also reads setting up Material Recovery Facilities (MRF), where waste-pickers could dump the recyclable materials such as paper, plastic, cloth, metals, glass, lead etc, but such facility has been developed as of yet.
Environmentalist Singhvi also suggest RMC should purchase garbage collection rickshaws with at least three chambers for wet (Bio-Degradable), dry (Recyclable) and other waste (e-waste) for door-to-door collection system.
The e-waste could be classified in four basic categories and covers up range of electronics tools and appliances. Household appliances: Washing Machines, Dryers, Refrigerators, air-conditioners, coffee machines, toasters etc. Office, Information & communication equipment such as Personal Computers, Telephones, Fax Machines, Copiers, Printers etc and entertainment & consumer electronics such as television, DVD/CD players, Radios etc.
The e-waste i.e. electronic and electrical appliances contain extremely hazardous chemical compounds to living being and environment as a whole if not disposed systematically. Some of the most toxic elements and chemical compounds found in e-waste are Silicon, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Brominated flame retardants, Cadmium, Chloroflurocarbon (CFC), Chromium, Dioxins, Lead, Mercury, Polychlroinated Buphenyls (PCBs), Plyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Selenium. Exposure to these dangerous elements and chemical compounds can cause cancer and development numerous ailments in eyes, lungs, skin, pulmonary system, hormonal disorders, blood pressure, stunted growth in children and undeveloped foetus etc.