BMS Students on EWaste collection drive

A group of students from BMS Management College, Bangalore, who are passionately environmental enthusiasts, ventured out to collect discarded mobile phone batteries, headphones and computer parts as part of a campaign to control the menace of e-waste.

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Madhuri Seshadri and her friends from the Management department of BMS College are on a mission to collect and recycle e-waste. They have campaigned in and around the areas of BTM Layout, RT Nagar, Kanakapura Road to create awareness amongst the general public. They also went on a house to house drive by educating the residents on EWaste and its effects on human life and environment.

All the EWaste was handed over to Jogiv Eco-Services for ethical recycling. During this course of awareness campaign, they collected 200 kilos of Ewaste which included TV, CD Players, Mobile Phones, Speakers, PCB, CD’s etc.,

They have also requested us to donate a dedicated bin for e-waste to be placed in in their college where in other students can also collect and drop of the EWaste in to the bin. The students proudly claimed that it is part of their “Student Social Responsibility” to keep India clean and Green.

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The group claims that they don’t want the Ewaste to litter around and so they have started this drive to collect and send it for recycling.

According to a UN report, in 2014, India is the fifth biggest producer of e-waste in the world, discarding 1.7 million tonnes of electronic and electrical equipment.

E-waste is harmful to human health due to the presence of many toxic elements. Another aspect of the student’s campaign is to raise awareness amongst the new generation.

Jogiv will recognise their efforts in return with gift vouchers to acknowledge their efforts and motivate them to make the EWaste collection a hobby in future.

Jogiv appeals to all the student communities to come forward and participate in our drive to make India free from Ewaste, and move towards a Greener India.

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Swachh is the new touch!

ewaste-cartoonThe holidays are over and we have welcomed the new year with new hopes and new thoughts. Moving out of holiday mode is a task, but that’s life! We at Jogiv Eco-Services are also gearing up to be on track to take care of your ever growing #Ewaste. Team Jogiv is looking forward to an exciting new year in the #Ewaste industry and wishes you all a wonderful year ahead!

As responsible residents, our attitude towards the mammoth #Ewaste should be the focal point. Jogiv can be an excellent platform for emphasizing environmental responsibility and participate in our future e-waste collection events.

ecolekt3_FTeam Jogiv is pretty excited to share that our mobile app “ECOLEKT” for #Ewaste collection is under development and we will very shortly announce the launch of it for the citizens of Bangalore to start with. We will move on to other cities soon and motivate responsible citizens to whole heartedly support our cause and make this planet a better place to live and love!

It will be a huge accomplishment for us at Jogiv to be launching our basic version of #Ewaste collection mobile app, which, to the best of our knowledge is first of its kind in our country.

As Government of India is leaving no stone unturned in initiating our country towards a Swachh (clean) Bharat and the launch of start-up India program yesterday, is like a blessing in disguise to us at Jogiv as we fall in to both the categories of #SwachhBharat and #Startupindia !

Communities and corporates partnering with forward-thinking and environmental concern, we can showcase what can be accomplished when like minded organizations pool their resources for the common good.

jogiv_logo__transp copyLast but not the least on the e-waste front, our thoughts reach out to people of Chennai who have not only lost their gadgets but also valuable data due to unprecedented rains and flooding. Jogiv will launch its Chennai chapter very soon and we salute the volunteers who are clearing the #Ewaste before it gets pushed by clogging the catch basins.

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BURIED TREASURE? $50BN OF PRECIOUS METAL IN LANDFILL

Inadequate recycling saw over 1000 tons of precious metal dumped in landfill across the world in 2014, says a recent study from the United Nations University.

300 tons of gold and 1000 tons of silver were found within dangerous toxic waste last year alone. With an estimated value of $50 billion, how is so much being wasted and why?

The vast majority comes from ‘e-waste’ – electronic goods and household appliances which have simply been thrown away. Precious metals are commonly used within components for such items, and improper recycling practices meant that almost 42 tons of ‘e-waste’ was disposed of in 2014 alone.

The amount of electronic waste is growing with each given year – by 2 tons per year according to the report, driven by the growing sales of gadgets and their decreasing lifestyles.

In addition to the precious metals wastage, the ever-increasing mountain of e-waste oozes hazardous materials, including 4400 tons of ozone-depleting toxins and 2.2 million tons of lead compounds. UN Under Secretary-General David Malone said: “The hazardous content of e-waste constitutes a ‘toxic mine’ that must be managed with extreme care.”

The majority of the electronic waste comes from the US and China, which combined, amounts for almost one third of the wastage. “Worldwide, e-waste constitutes a valuable ‘urban mine’ – a large potential reservoir of recyclable materials” says David.

The UN’s report states that only 16% of the e-waste produced globally is properly processed and recycled, with the rest ending up as landfill.

Unfortunately there’s no ‘quick fix’ to the damage that’s been done during many years hunting down the world’s precious metals. At Capella we strongly believe in ‘green metal’ – precious metals that are 100% recycled to help prevent any further damage to our fragile ecosystem.

We also believe in giving our customers the opportunity to invest in a greener alternative so we’re extremely proud of Capella Recycled – our range of competitively priced, 100% recycled gold and silver products that are produced using the very latest technology and equipment (in strict adherence to environmental guidelines).

Recycled gold and silver comes from existing products that contain these elements. It is then extracted, refined and melted down into a new product such as gold bars. As one of the UK’s leading bullion dealers and refiners, we take seriously our responsibility to continually look for better, greener ways for our customers to make socially responsible purchases.

Source:
http://capellaltd.co.uk/buried-treasure-50b-of-precious-metal-in-landfill/

Meet the silent but dangerous pollutant on our block: E-waste

The rise of the IT age means hazardous materials from electronic devices are being released into the environment at an increasing rate.

As the world continues to grow increasingly dependent on the world of IT and computers, the volume of electronic waste is rising, and with it comes a new threat – risk of ­exposure to lead, cadmium, chromium and other hazardous materials that can be toxic to human health and the environment.

In South Africa alone, electronic waste, or e-waste, makes up just 5% to 8% of municipal solid waste but is growing at a rate three times faster than any other form, according to the South African e-Waste Alliance (Saewa). Most of the e-waste ends up in landfills or is exported to countries that have bigger capacities for recycling. A relatively small fraction, 10% to 15%, is recycled locally, says Keith Anderson, chair of the e-Waste Association of South Africa (Ewasa).

The accumulation of toxins from electronic waste into land and air poses significant health risks to recycling workers and to people living in neighbouring areas.

Waste strategy
Developing a national e-waste management plan is important for mediating the risks associated with the handling of e-waste, Anderson says. South Africa, however, has no legislation that directly deals with electronic waste management, though some environmental and waste management laws have a bearing on what happens to e-waste.

Organisations like Ewasa and the Information Technology Association Producer Environmental Group, which represents various e-waste manufacturers like Dell and HP, are now working to put forward a national e-waste management strategy before government and have plans to present it within the year.

Health risks
On its own, electronic waste is not hazardous – an old microwave or laptop, for instance, can be kept in storage without ­posing any immediate threat to human health. Risks arise when electronic waste is left exposed to the elements or when it is not recycled properly, such as through the incineration of trash.

Research has shown that in these instances toxins within the waste seep into soil or contaminate the air or water as fine particles and can eventually make their way into the human body.

Accumulating exposure to these toxicants puts people at risk for a range of health complications, including cancers, developmental defects and damage to the kidneys, lungs, brain and nervous system. Lead poisoning, in particular, can cause damage to the nervous and reproductive system and, in some cases, can lead to death, the World Health Organisation reports.

“Lead is number one probably,” says Dr Aimin Chen, a professor at the University of Cincinnati, who studies the effects of environmental toxicants on women and children. “If you look at a single 27-inch TV, a Cathode Ray Tube TV, it would have maybe 2kg of lead inside – that’s a lot of lead.” In addition to lead, cadmium, nickel, chromium, and mercury are other metals to pay attention to, he says.

Studies have shown that nonmetals like plastics and flame-retardants, which are core components of most e-waste, can also cause health problems when not handled properly. When burned, they release toxins that can linger in the environment for long periods of time.

Consequences
Chen and fellow researchers found that, among pregnant women in China, those residing near e-waste recycling sites had nearly twice the amount of hazardous metals in their body, including lead, cadmium, and chromium, when compared to women in nonrecycling areas. Their findings, published in 2012 in the journal Reproductive Toxicology, revealed that these women had more stillbirths and children born with low birth weight. These adverse birth outcomes were “related to a greater risk of nervous, respiratory, and digestive system impairments” in children.

Regardless of whether the women in the study participated in e-waste recycling activities, which were often haphazard and done without proper safety equipment or tools, they still had a high content of heavy metals compared to women in the control site. This finding reveals that proximity matters when it comes to levels of exposure. “If you live even within one or two kilometres, those toxicants can still be going into the air or dust or soil or even water. These are all possible ways that contamination can happen,” Chen says.

He warns that children and fetuses are especially vulnerable to metal toxicants and recommends that, along with encouraging recycling workers to use protective gear and improving safety standards in recycling facilities, pregnant women and children be removed from the industrial recycling field altogether.

E-waste industry in South Africa
While there are risks with handling e-waste, its existence is not presumed to be all bad. In fact, many developing countries see e-waste as an “income generating opportunity”, according to the “The Global Impact of e-Waste: Addressing the Challenge”, a report by the International Labour Office. In South Africa, e-waste has created a new opening in the recycling sector, consisting of small-scale independent operators, dismantlers, refurbishers, distributors, and large-scale recyclers such as Desco, among others, Anderson says.

Susanne Karcher, co-ordinator of the Saewa, says these people fall into one of two groups: informal collectors, mostly made up of poor, small-scale, recyclers who “cherry-pick” valuables like copper and printed circuit boards by smashing, burning or dismantling e-waste, and formal recyclers, a smaller group made up of larger scale recyclers who usually work through government or business contracts.

Most informal recyclers operate illegally, Karcher, says, in part because the process required to become legal is costly. “There is basically just a handful of recyclers in South Africa who are legally compliant,” she says.

The health impacts of e-waste are mainly associated with the informal recycling sector, says Mpinane Flory Senekane, a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg’s department of environmental health. A 2008 Ewasa report, “e-Waste Assessment South Africa”, states that informal e-waste recycling provides critical income for many but also has a number of negative social and environmental effects. Among them are ongoing exposures to hazardous substances and contributions to the levels of crime through the theft of recycling bins, copper cables and consumer electronics.

Raising Awareness
Many of the problems associated with e-waste are linked to limited awareness among citizens, policymakers, and informal collectors. Knowledge about e-waste is low throughout the world, and scholars and industry officials agree that raising awareness through education is crucial for reducing exposure to hazardous waste and improving recycling standards.

“A lot of these waste pickers who work in the landfill sites, who scavenge for waste, they’re exposing themselves to a lot of toxic elements, like when they burn their copper cables to extract the copper from them,” Anderson says. “All those toxic fumes which they inhale and get into the atmosphere are all problematic, but this can all be dealt with through education and by bringing ­education into the mainstream and by telling workers about protective equipment.”

Credits:
Joan Koka is a master’s student from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is currently an intern with the Mail & Guardian’s health desk, Bhekisisa.

http://mg.co.za/article/2015-03-04-meet-the-silent-but-dangerous-pollutant-on-our-block-e-waste/

HUGE POTENTIAL FOR E-WASTE RECYCLING IN INDIA

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With E-Waste being the fastest growing waste stream globally, the scarcity for precious metals is increasing too. According to reports, the global e-waste recycling market is estimated to reach $1.79 billion in 2020.

India is all set to be the second largest mobile phone consumer market very soon in the world. The opportunity for e-waste recyclers in India is huge, however, the E-Waste recycling industry is still in its infancy stage.

The huge Potential for E-Waste recycling has prompted E-waste management companies in India to expand and optimise their processes to enhance their recycling capacity. The biggest challenge faced by every recycler today is sourcing and collection mechanism at various levels. It is also important to note the lack of efficiency in the collection management of E-waste material from source. The conventional sourcing mechanisms today has increased the sourcing costs for recyclers thus affecting their margins considerably.

Though every recycler has sourcing base from corporates in their respective operating boundaries, the challenge is to get millions of electronic gadgets which are sleeping at homes by building an hidden hazard for future.

The awareness on the environmental impact of The E-Waste being dumped in landfills needs a immediate mass reach-out campaign. The shortcomings can be easily addressed through innovative ideas in close collaboration with the corporates, resellers, end customers and recyclers.

The market will continue to grow at enormous rate especially in India offering immense opportunities to various levels of stake holders in the eco-system.

The motive is to build and apply processes that increases collection of E-Waste in a cost effective manner resulting in lowering the environmental impact and risks on human health.

India – The new E-waste dump yard for China?

Reports say researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have created a lithium-ion battery that outperforms the current industry standard by three times. The key material: sand. Yes, sand!!! The researchers have filed patents for the technology, and used it to produce a coin-sized lithium-ion battery.

Contrary to this great breakthrough, we have suppliers from China shipping Power Banks with Lithium Ion batteries filled with mud and stones to India.

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Current mobile phone market, predominantly smartphones are always power-hungry as their battery doesn’t last long. As a result, portable mobile power bank becomes a necessity to supplement the need of mobile device.

Nowadays, you can find a lot of power banks claimed to have charge capacity as high as 20000mAh, or even higher, selling online. If they are unbranded and selling at a very cheap price, you need to know the facts before placing your order.

The story doesn’t end with an online unbranded affair! The story is much more advanced in offline electronic wholesale markets in major cities across India. In fact the graduation is that the power banks are a look-alike or a counterfeit to branded ones (with logos) available online with no warranty and guarantee! These so-called counterfeit branded power banks in wholesale market are available at 1/3 or 1/4 or 1/5 of the cost of the branded ones on the net!.

We agree to the buyers logic of why not buy a look-alike at 1/3 or 1/4 or 1/5 of the cost if it can serve the purpose! We have a story to share which will save India from becoming the Ewaste capital of the world!!!

Majority of these look-alike power banks come so cheap because they hardly work! A typical example is 10400 / 12000mAh power bank. For the power bank with 10400 / 12000mAh capacity, its capacity is calculated like this:

2600mAh x 4 = 10400mAh
3000mAh x 4 = 12000mAh

This means 4 Lithium-Ion batteries inside the shell of power bank. So whats wrong with it? Friends, the essence of the story lies here…

Out of these 4 Lithium-Ion batteries inside, only one would be connected to charge and display the 4 LED lights. So what does the other three batteries do? Aren’t they connected? No! They are simply placed inside the shell to ensure the weight of the power bank in total. That’s cool….isn’t it!

Our journey started when we bought a couple of branded power banks online with warranty and guarantee! We happened to visit the SP Road market in Bangalore for our other component requirements. We were shocked, surprised and taken aback to see a 10400mAh power bank at 1/3 the cost we bought a couple of days ago. Having seen the electronic product market closely and technically, we bought a few of counterfeit products, alerted with no guarantees from seller, and moved on to study the vast pricing difference!

Well, apart from the one connected, the 3 Lithium-Ion batteries inside comes in different forms too. We were under the impression that they are dead Lithium-Ion batteries and comes in various colors! We began to test and of course they were dead Lithium-Ion batteries which eventually landed in our country as “electronic waste”. The process to recycle these Lithium-Ion batteries is more cumbersome and expensive and hence smart Chinese suppliers decided to dump it on ever greedy Indian trader and consumer.

A few were simple dead Lithium-Ion batteries, and a few more were producing some sound on shaking the batteries. We happened to rip open the Lithium-Ion batteries and we daringly make a startling revelation of having found mud and small stones inside the shell of the Lithium-Ion batteries. So, better be cautious when you buy power bank either from Internet or shop, especially when the product is unbranded and the price is cheap.

Well we may say how does it matter, whats the big deal? when you pay peanuts, you get monkeys!!! Agreed:-) Do you know even though branded original power banks and a counterfeit one looks identical, there are big differences internally, impacting on your device, power delivery and safety!

Imagine the millions of dead Lithium-Ion batteries entering India and finally dumped into landfills. Ever depleting ground water source is complimented with arsenic metals entering the water table stream thus affecting the quality of water!

Well what happens to the dead Lithium-Ion batteries filled with sand, mud and stones being shipped? The department of customs clearly instructs the sand, stone or mud to be fumigated even if one imports the same for any specific purpose. This ensures that no foreign bacteria or germs enter our country to create any new strain of ailments in general. The new strains can be life threatning too and is a serious issue and national threat for sure.

We appeal to the most powerful community of Indian importers and traders who voted a Govt. to power for a change to make a note of this. The greed of margins on one hand and never happy, ever bargaining consumer on the other hand is inviting trouble to the country in full.

Swach Bharat is just not about keeping the public places clean and tidy, it is high time to account and keep a check on the fast growing Electronic Waste (E-Waste) too.

Lets just not get accountable, LETS GET ECCOUNTABLE NOW!

Research Contributor
Gadget Guru Krishna Prabhu
M/s RevoluSun, Bangalore, India

Scripted by
Vinayak Sanjay Urs
Founder & CEO
JoGiv.com

World Environment Day 2015 – Time to think about recycling your ewaste…

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The 5th June 2015 will see the United Nations celebrate its annual World Environment Day. Every year the UN use the 5th June to raise awareness of environmental issues facing the world today as well as encourage political action. This year’s theme focuses on “One World, One Environment”.

World Environment Day – A good time to think about recycling your electronic waste

Even though the United Nations might be concentrating their efforts on various activities, there are still hundreds of other ways that we can help look after our environment. At http://www.jogiv.com we will be stepping up our efforts to combat one of the largest issues facing India today – That’s Electronic Waste.

Electronic waste – India’s fastest growing waste stream.

Indians are among the highest users of new technology in the world quantitavely, and the stockpile of obsolete computers, mobile phones, televisions and white goods keeps growing. According to statistics, the estimates put it up to 50 million tonnes of ewaste are thrown away globally every year and approximately India contributes 12.5 million metric tonnes.

So how can electronic waste damage our health?

One of the main reasons that obsolete electronics have become such a problem is due to the ever evolving advances in electronics and the ousting of older technologies. CRT monitors for example, the old style of television and computer screens have been replaced with plasma and LCD screens. CRT monitors are among the most common visitors to the tip, along with the 4-8lb of lead that it contains. When allowed to seep into soil and water streams, lead can be detrimental to the environment.

Lead, Mercury and Nickel – It’s all in your electronic waste.

As well as lead, electronic waste is also packed full of mercury, nickel and other hazardous chemicals. Burning these toxins in an uncontrolled environment locally, release poisonous fumes into the atmosphere – fumes that can be carcinogenic and cause serious health problems.

World Environment Day – take the time to look after your world, your health and your electronic waste.

So, it might be time to make a change this 5th June, or for the rest of June for that matter and make one step to looking after your world’s environment. http://www.jogiv.com can take out the complications of recycling your obsolete electronics by collecting and recycling it all for you. we are not an exporting enterprise, rather 95-98% of all electronic waste we collect is recycled.

So isn’t it time to join our movement, where our electronic waste specialists are waiting to assist you and provide you with an obligation free advise!

We look forward to hearing from you.