Bhubaneswar: In order to create awareness among the students on the hazards of electronic waste and help them become environmentally responsible citizen, a workshop was conducted by Clean E-Bhubaneswar at SAI International School on Wednesday here.
The Clean E-Bhubaneswar Project is a part of the International Finance Corporation (IFC)-European Union Eco Cities Programme that aims at developing a sustainable model for e-waste management in the city. It is implemented in collaboration between the local Government entities, including Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), State Pollution Control Board (SPCB), State Information and Technology (IT) Department and the private sector.
As part of the awareness programme, the students were briefed on the effect of dumped electronic gadgets that spread toxins in the environment. The resource persons stressed on the importance of the 4-R like ‘Reduce’, ‘Reuse’, ‘Repair’ and ‘Recycle’ and promoted the campaign of getting the e-waste collected to get it disposed scientifically through their project.
They also outlined the law framed by the Centre on extended producer responsibility like collection and channelization for recycling or disposal of e-waste generated from the end-of-life of their products. Students were inspired to think in the lines on how to develop innovative business models, take-back logistics and design changes, to reduce the environmental impact of products at the end of their life.
Principal Harish Sanduja said, “It was very informative, and I am sure it is an eye opener for many students’. The team called for a collaborative effort to help establish a sustainable and responsible E-Waste management ecosystem in Bhubaneswar.”