Factors like poor sanitation, low organised recycling, cross-border flow of waste equipment into India, limited awareness regarding disposal and lack of coordination between various authorities were responsible for the non-involvement of municipalities in E-waste management, it said.
It further said that the US is ranked top acquiring the highest share of exporting e-waste to India, followed by China and EU.
“Less than 2% of India’s total electronic waste gets recycled due to absence of proper infrastructure, legislation and framework. The country produces approximately 1.3 million metric tonnes of e-waste per annum,” Assocham Secretary General D S Rawat said.
The study also observed that domestic e-waste including computer, TV, mobiles and refrigerators contain over 1,000 toxic material, which contaminate soil and ground water. Exposure can cause headache, irritability, nausea, vomiting and eye pain. Recyclers may suffer liver, kidney and neurological disorders.