Disposal of E-Waste from Schools, Edu Offices Begins in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Government has initiated a statewide campaign of disposing of e-waste from 10,000 odd schools and educational offices in association with Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE), formerly IT@School project, and Clean Kerala Company.

“Schools are reportedly having over one crore kg of e-waste accumulated since the past two decades, which eats-up huge space of IT labs, besides obstructing the lab activities in a large way,” Education Minister Prof. C. Raveendranath said while flagging off the first vehicle with e-waste from a government school here.

“Instead of simply disposing e-waste as garbage, which create environmental issues, scientific methods are used to recycle and refurbish the e-waste as per the norms set by the Central government. It’s a novel process, which avoids spreading of hazardous materials like mercury, lead, cadmium, barium etc. into the environment,” the Minister said.

The e-waste collected by Clean Kerala Company will be scientifically processed at the recycling facility of Earth Sense Recycling company in Hyderabad.

Equipment such as computers, CRT monitors, laptops, desktop cabinets, drives, printers, projectors, UPS, camera, speaker system, television, network components, generators etc. are being included in the e-waste category.

A total of 12,500 kg e-waste was disposed through this drive yesterday. The programme was attended by Dr T.N. Seema, Vice Chairperson, Haritha Kerala Mission; Dr Usha Titus IAS, Secretary, General Education Department; K. Anvar Sadath, Vice Chairman and Executive Director, KITE; and Kabeer. B. Haroon, Managing Director of Clean Kerala Company.