Electronic waste recycled in Mumbai

Mumbai – 23 June, 2008
1. Banner on truck loaded with e-waste saying- “Safe and Secure electronic waste disposal”
2. Various of unloading of the e-waste from the truck
3. Zoom in to the bag containing circuit boards, which are sent to Belgium for recovery of precious metals
5. Various of keyboards piled up for feeding into the machine that disintegrates them
6. Pan from the monitors to other computer parts
7. Close of CDs and DVDs
8. Mid of worker separating the power sections
9. Pan from computer cabinets to other separated parts
10. Mid of worker dismantling computers
11. Close of a person disassembling a computer
12. Pan from heap of computer cabinets to the spares
13. Heap of cabinets
14. Wide of man working amidst computer waste
15. Set up shots of B K Modi, Chief Managing Director of Eco-recycling Limited
16. SOUNDBITE (English): B K Modi, Chief Managing Director, Eco-recycling Limited
“It is as prospective as the growth of the electronic industry itself because whatever we produce, or whatever we import, one or the other day it will lose its life. There is an end to their life, so they will be recycled at that point of time. So, the growth (of the recycling industry) is directly proportional to the electronic equipment itself.”
17. Shot of blinking light on machine
18. Computer panels being loaded onto the conveyer belt
20. Iron metal being pulled out by magnet
21. Crushed panels coming out of the machine; workers removing the other metals
22. Mid of worker removing copper and putting it into the basket
23. Metal parts being removed manually from the belt
24. Plastic waste dropping down
25. SOUNDBITE (English): B K Modi, Chief Managing Director, Eco-recycling Limited
“Whatever is not reusable, then it goes for recycling. They are dismantled, their sizes are reduced, they are segregated, and all commodities like steel, glass, Aluminium, copper, printed circuit board, hazardous substances are segregated. So, in this process, we recover 100 per cent out of this. Nothing goes to landfill, nothing goes to water fill.”
26. Close up of poster saying- ‘checking station’
27. Pan over checking station where they make refabricated computers from the e-waste
28. Tilt down from technician to the motherboard
29. Close shot of processor being placed on the motherboard
30. Wide of refabrication process
31. Refabricated computers ready to be donated to the schools
32. Refabricated monitors
33. Pan from refabricated computers to the e-waste
34. Shift focus from the workshop to window
India produces about 1,45,000 tonnes of electronic waste annually, according to Toxics Link, a Delhi-based environment group.
Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, accounts for 19,000 tonnes of that, the group says.
So far, the e-waste has been sold to rag pickers and waste dealers, who form part of an informal recycling system.
They dismantle and sort the discarded items, but they also use hazardous processes like burning and leaching to recover metals from the e-waste.
Eco-recycling Limited (Ecoreco) is Mumbai’s first eco-friendly e-waste disposal unit.
The unit has a capacity of recycling 15 tonnes of e-waste, using an imported segregating machine as well as manual labour.
B K Modi, Chief Managing Director of Ecoreco, says recycling is a very lucrative business, directly proportional to the growth in the electronic goods industry.
He says even 50 recycling units like his would not be enough to take care of Indian e-waste.
After separating the spares, the hazardous hard drives and printed circuit boards (PCBs) are sent to Belgium for recovery of the precious metals.
The drive also asked corporates to sell their e-waste to the company.

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4 thoughts on “Electronic waste recycled in Mumbai”

  1. Awesome, but how you collect e-waste, so dat we can also give e-waste to proper place, instead of giving it to any scrap dealer.

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