Green Houses: E-Waste Recycling Facilities In Mumbai

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E-waste. Photo: John J. Matlock via Flickr.

In a study conducted by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) in April 2016, Mumbai earned the notorious distinction of being the city that generates the highest amount of e-waste in the country. We produce 1.2 lakh metric tonnes of e-waste every year out of the India-wide annual total of 18.5 lakh metric tonnes.

When most people think of e-waste or electronic waste, they think of mobile phones and computers but the range of goods that fall under it is far wider. E-waste refers to every appliance or gadget that requires electricity and covers the accessories that are used with them. The list includes devices such as mobile phones, computers, monitors, keyboards, mouses, printers, laptops, tablets, television sets, DVD players, DVRs, portable music players, digital cameras as well as white goods like air-conditioners, refrigerators and washing machines. Also clubbed under e-waste are such small items as batteries, cables, CDs, DVDs, hard drives, modems, routers, pen drives, phone chargers, printer cartridges, remote controls, switches and hair dryers.

Most people have no idea of how to dispose their e-waste in an eco-friendly manner and end up selling it to scrap dealers (without knowing what the dealers will do with it) or worse, dumping it in garbage bins (from where it will most likely end up in a landfill). The improper disposal of electronic scrap, which contains toxic metals, leads to air, water and soil pollution, exposure to which can cause severe health problems.

While a number of companies that are authorised to recycle e-waste by either the Central Pollution Control Board or Maharashtra Pollution Control Board have emerged over the last decade, most only work with large organisations and deal in bulk quantities. Fortunately, there are a handful of companies that accept small amounts of e-waste from individuals and households. We’ve put together a list of some of them:

Ecoreco
Unit No.422, Fourth Floor, The Summit Business Bay, opposite Cinemax Theatre, near the Western Express Highway Metro Station, Andheri-Kurla Road, Andheri (East). Tel: 022 4005 2951. Visit ecoreco.com.
Ecoreco or Eco Recycling Ltd. is perhaps the best-known e-waste recycling company in Mumbai. Larger items such as white goods can be deposited at their office or at their collection centre inside Mithibai College in Vile Parle. Smaller items, up to the size of a keyboard or laptop, can be dropped inside any of the 17 eco bins they’ve installed across the city in various locations such as educational institutions and housing societies. See here for the complete list of locations.

Eco Friend Industries
Plot No.A-205, TTC Industrial Area, MIDC Pawane, Navi Mumbai. Tel: 022 2768 9020. Visit ecofriendindustries.com.
Individuals who live in Navi Mumbai can deposit their e-waste at Eco Friend’s facility there. For everybody else, Eco Friend has installed metal drums to collect e-waste at grocery chain Sahakari Bhandar’s outlets in Bandra, Chembur, Colaba, Juhu and Vile Parle. See here for the addresses.

E-Incarnation
1304, Lodha Supremis, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 86556 06062. Visit e-incarnation.com.
E-Incarnation accepts anything that runs on batteries or has a wire. Small quantities can be deposited at their Lower Parel premises between Monday and Saturday, from 9.30am and 6.30pm. Depending on the size and type of larger items, the company will arrange for e-waste to be picked up free of charge. They issue certificates of ‘responsible recycling’ to those who give them their e-waste.

Just Dispose
103, Arvind Industrial Estate, Navghar, Vasai (East). Tel: 9004 392783. Visit justdispose.com.
For those who can’t deposit their e-waste at Just Dispose’s office in Vasai or warehouse in Kandivali, the company will arrange for it to be picked up, irrespective of the quantity, for a transportation fee of Rs1,500.

HERE’S WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR OLD CD COLLECTION
The Upcycle Co.
Tel: 70452 25613. Visit theupcycleco.com.
A four-year-old start-up that manufactures upcycled products, The Upcycle Co. isn’t an e-waste recycling company but is always in need of CDs and DVDs to use as raw material for its range of coasters, notebooks and clocks. Those wishing to discard their collections can contact founder Amishi Shah for details of her address where they can drop off their discs. If the number of CDs or DVDs is over a hundred, she will arrange for them to be transported from your residence.

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