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Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Electronic Waste Management - Issues And Challenges

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and NPTEL via Swayam

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This course will discuss the overall scenario of E-Waste management in India in comparison with other countries around the globe. At first, the present scenario of E-Waste management in India (mostly informal) will be discussed along the role of various stakeholders. Then, the effects of recycling and management of Electronic Waste on human health, environment and society will also be presented. This will be followed by the risk assessment owing to pollutants released from E-Waste recycling in soil, air and water. The possible option of extraction of Rare-Earth Minerals will also be discussed in this course. The E-Waste management Rules of India and around the World will be compared. Finally a Life-Cycle Analysis approach will be employed for a possible sustainable solution of E-Waste Management for cutting the ill-effects of informal recycling. The topics will include: Composition of E-Waste and its generation rates across the world; The various processes of informal E-Waste management and its ill-effects on health and society; Formal Metal extraction processes from E-Waste; Life-Cycle-Analysis (LCA) and sustainable engineering from electrical and electronics industry perspectives. The existing E-Waste Management rules in India and comparison with other countries around the world, the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and other take-back system. A major focus of this course will be the role of E-Waste management within the various initiatives of the Govt. of India including: Swachh Bharat Mission, Smart Cities as well as Make in India. The challenges of E-Waste management for smart cities will also be discussed taking few case studies from various developing nation around the globe. This will be followed by overview of the Electronic Waste (E-Waste) management issues in India in general and for the smart cities in particular. The new rules such as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) with respect E-Waste Management will also be covered in these course.INTENDED AUDIENCE: Disciplines of Engineering Science Humanities and Management PREREQUISITES : Environmental Sciences Introduction to Environmental EngineeringINDUSTRY SUPPORT :E Parisaraa – BangaloreEcoreco Recycling – MumbaiEarth Sense – TelanganaAttero Recycling – NoidaEWRI-BangaloreWEEE Recycle – New DelhiJ. S. Pigments Limited – Kolkata.In addition ULBs across the country will be interested in this course, so as professionals from SPCB and CPCB.


Week 1:Overview of the course
Week 2:Exposure pathway of pollutants emitted from Recycling of E-Waste
Week 3:E-Waste Management Rules of India (2011 and 2016 Rules) Week 4:E-waste Management: Case Studies and Unique Initiatives from around the World

Taught by

Brajesh Kr. Dubey



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