Workers sort through a pile of used mobile phones in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg)

India Among Top Five Nations In E-Waste Generation

India is among the top five e-waste generating countries in the world besides China, the US, Japan and Germany, according to a report.

Among states, Maharashtra contributes the largest e-waste of 19.8 percent but recycles only about 47,810 tonne per annum, the report by Assocham and NEC said.

Tamil Nadu with e-waste contribution of 13 percent recycled about 52,427 TPA; Uttar Pradesh (10.1 percent) recycles about 86,130 TPA; West Bengal (9.8 percent), Delhi (9.5 percent ), Karnataka (8.9 percent), Gujarat (8.8 percent) and Madhya Pradesh (7.6 percent).

The global volume of e-waste is expected to reach 52.2 million tonnes or 6.8 kg per inhabitant by 2021 from 44.7 MT in 2016 at a compound annual growth rate of 20 per cent, according to the study.

Of the total e-waste produced in 2016, only 20 percent (8.9 MT) is documented to be collected properly and recycled, while there is no record of the remaining, e-waste, the study said.