Perspective: Tackling e-waste | 18 August, 2022

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In this episode of the Perspective Prog. Based on ‘Tackling e-waste’. According to an ASSOCHAM-EY report on electronic waste management, India is estimated to have generated five million tonnes of e-waste in 2021, ranking only behind after China and the USA. India is now planning a shift to two standard chargers across mobile phone brands and portable-electronic devices. Recently the Consumer Affairs Ministry held discussion with stakeholders on this aspect and an expert committee will be set up soon to finalsie the norms. This shift towards common chargers will not only simplify things for consumers, but also cut down on massive amounts of e-waste generated in the country. Many advanced economies are already moving toward standard charging devices. The European Union (EU) has ordered the USB-C port as standard for all devices by mid-2024, including Apple’s iPhone, which at present uses its own standard. So why is a common charger for electronic devices important and how will it help in tackling the issue of E-waste.

1. Dr. Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI
2. Akshay Jain, Founder & MD, Namo eWaste
3. Urmi Goswami, Senior Journalist

Anchor: Vishal Dahiya
Producer: Sagheer Ahmad

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