Lets Include Electronic Waste in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Update: ZeroWaste is now InstaCash

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” — Charles Darwin

First of all I thank our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, for starting Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and calling the people to participate in creating a clean India beyond politics.

India is aiming towards becoming an economic superpower and in such circumstances cleanliness becomes more logical. A clean home is more hospitable to its visitors and subsequently brings greater investment to Indian economy. Cleanliness directly promotes social growth and economic activity.

The Prime Minister’s call for Digital India has created great enthusiasm among people of India as well as abroad. Digital infrastructure, delivery of services and digital literacy are the aims of Digital India and electronic inclusion of people will strengthen Indian democracy with highly accountable and transparent government. It is evident that this electronic inclusion will gear up the generation of electronic waste with computers, laptops, mobile phones and other telecommunication equipment as major source of E-Waste.

E-waste consists of waste electrical & electronic equipment that are to be discarded. India generates about 1.5 Million tonnes of E-waste each year. UN predicted that by 2020 e-waste from computers would jump by 500 percent and from discarded mobile phones would be 18 times higher than 2007 level in India. Electronic waste itself does not cause direct damage to us but unscientific processing of this scrap is detrimental to human health and wellbeing.

WHO in its E-Waste and Child Health Initiative report has warned about these consequences of e-waste. National Green Tribunal has also expressed similar concern about e-waste causing broad spectrum of ecological damage. Therefore, its about time that e-waste be managed through environmentally sound processes causing least harm to human health and environment and checking its diversion to landfills or incineration plants.

Indian government has recognised the problem of e-waste and has made E- waste (Management & handling), Rules, 2011 but due to lack of proper awareness among the private and government bodies the problem is being ignored. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan puts focus on awareness and aims to ensure 100% collection and scientific processing/disposal reuse/recycle of Municipal Solid Waste. Therefore, its only logical that Electronic Waste is included in this campaign. This will generate awareness among citizens and will ensure proper management of e-waste.

I started this petition because I want the e-waste problem to be included in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to minimize damage to human health and environment.

Please join us in calling our Prime Minister to include the E-Waste in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for a responsible Electronic Democracy and YES!!!! for a better tomorrow.

Note: This post was originally published in January 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.


If we count the cost of Fresh air, Clean water and Green forests, Going green is the most profitable thing mankind can ever do.

Why you should not sell Electronic Waste as the usual RADDI (waste).

We all have Raddi or the waste paper and items in our house which we collect and dispose it off to the raddiwala or the kabadiwala who knocks our door every Sunday without fail. Haggling over the price every time, our egos feel good to have garnered the best bargain. The raddiwala makes a living selling it to the scrap dealers who in turn send the paper, cardboard and metal for recycling and reuse.

“Update: ZeroWaste is now InstaCash

However there is a caveat. If your raddi or waste isn’t the usual paper, card board, plastic or metal then you should be a little careful. Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipement such as your discarded mobiles, computer peripherals, terminals and monitors, your old television set, remote controls, florescent tubes, air-conditioner, geysers and refrigerators amongst others need special handling in terms of collection, disposal and to recycle and reuse it.

WEEE or E-Waste as it is technically known has to be processed scientifically which the usual scarp dealers are ill equipped to do so. With their crude and unscientific methods not only they put themselves and their workers at great peril but also throw it at places making our earth and environment polluted. The untrained and unorganized scrap dealers or the kabadiwalas resort to burning the circuit board, acid stripping, cable burning in open, CRT cracking & dumping. These waste electronic and electrical equipment contain toxic and carcinogenic elements with immense potential to get back to us through water and air. E-Wastes contain Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and flame retardants that cause multiple toxic problems.

ZeroWaste as an authorized e-waste collector has meticulously put in place scientific process which collects and sends to authorized e-waste handlers to be efficiently reused and recycled and even disposed off causing the least damage to our environment. It not only very responsibly manages the process but also offers the customers great prices for your equipment.

Zero Waste Process — The responsible way.

So next time you would like to sell the discarded electronic and electrical equipment sell it to ZeroWaste and be responsible and do your part in saving our precious environment and earth.

Note: This post was originally published in January 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.