The Nepal Weekly | May 04, 2021
Marking the National Information, Communication and Communication Day (ICT Day) on 2nd May Nepal Telecommunication Authority and Nepal Polymer Institute jointly organized an online symposium on Proper E-waste Management in Nepal. This symposium aimed to build good networks between all stakeholders of electronic gadgets producer consumers and waste management departments to mitigate the issues related to E-waste management and environmental issues.
On the occasion Former Minister Ganesh Shah, Prof. Dr. Rameshwar Adhikari, Prof. Dr. Nawa Raj Khatiwada, Mr. Dipak Gyawali of Department of Environment, Chief of Environment Department of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Hari Kumar Shrestha, Er. Satya Narayan Shah, Pankaj Panjiyar spoke on various aspects related to e-waste management in Nepal’s context. Dr. Jyoti Giri, Dr. Keshav Parajuly, Director of Nepal Telecommunication Authority Mr. Min Prasad Aryal through presentations elaborated on the research and studies conducted on e-waste, currents rules and regulations, current status of import of electric and electronic equipments and after their life, international practices on e-waste management and circular economy in context to e-waste.
Growing amount of e-waste has been threatening human life and environment, they said. They also mentioned that Nepal pays the third largest bill against importing of electric and electronic products.
The speakers expressed that Government of Nepal must not delay on formulating rules for e-waste management. There should be rules for producers and manufactures to be responsible for managing their products after use. Likewise consumers are also need to be responsible to properly manage the used electric and electronic products, they opined.
E-waste is considered harmful mainly because of various toxic chemicals found in such waste. The non-recyclable concentrated lead, cadmium and beryllium are found in high amount in these waste products. Burning these trashes can create health hazards and leave poisonous chemicals in the environment. Increasing use of electronic devices like mobile phone, telephone, radio, television, computer, refrigerators, air coolers, and other electronic gadgets is contributing to more e-waste production in the country. Therefore, the need for proper e-waste management thus seems quite important in the country. The paper intends to assess the situation of e-waste in Nepal and its growing concerns of management.
Due to lack of proper rules, informal sector is involved mainly are collecting e-waste while they take out valuable materials and throwing hazardous elements without any precautions or safety measures. Likewise, other materials are taken out of boundaries for recycling. Therefore, recycling industries should be established in the country with governmental supports which will take responsibility of properly manage e-waste. Now time has come to consider appropriately manage waste generated by renewable energy systems, experts opined. Seven Rs – Reduce, Recycle, Reuse, Refuse, Rethink Repair and Reduce may be considered. Thus, to reduce generation of e-waste, the experts discussed so as consumers may use only the goods they need, sending waste to be re-manufactured, practice of using again, avoid products that are not sustainable, rethink how you can re-use products, repair products rather than buying new one and repurpose to reuse.