NEW DELHI: India is likely to generate 5.2 million tonnes of e-waste per year by 2020, up from 2 million tonnes in 2016, the Asian News International, ANI, quoted a joint study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, ASSOCHAM, and Ernst & Young Associates, EY, as saying.
Among the main factors leading to rapid growth of e-waste are digital transformation, social and economic growth, rapid technology advances and dumping of trash by developed countries.
India is among the top five e-waste generating countries besides China, the United States, Japan and Germany.
Among states, Maharashtra ranks on top with 19.8 per cent of e-waste generated in the country. Tamil Nadu's share is 13 per cent, Uttar Pradesh 10.1 per cent, West Bengal 9.8 per cent, Delhi 9.5 per cent, Karnataka 8.9 per cent, Gujarat 8.8 per cent and Madhya Pradesh 7.6 per cent, added ANI.
According to the study, 44.7 million tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide in 2016 which is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.15 per cent. By 2021, e-waste will rise to 52.2 million tonnes per year.
Electronic waste refers to all items of electrical and electronic equipment which includes general consumer electronics like televisions, computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, white goods and industrial grade electronics, such as telecommunication systems, instrumentation systems and electronic machinery.