E-Waste awareness program and E-Waste collection drive at the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation

Bhubaneswar, February 22, 2018 – The E-Waste Awareness Program for Bulk Consumers envisaged under the
Clean E-Bhubaneswar Project was launched today at the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) premises.
Along with the awareness program, the event also marked the commencement of an e-waste
collection drive at the BMC premises, and as an initiation of the processes for inventorization and
channelization of e-waste generated at BMC.

The Clean E-Bhubaneswar Project, under the IFC-EU Eco-Cities’ program, aims to ensure that the city’s e-
waste is collected and recycled in an environmentally responsible manner. BMC plays a significant role in the
collaborative model of the project that is bringing together government, private sector and academia to
deliberate on e-waste management solutions for Bhubaneswar. Through this event, BMC looks to inspire other
institutions and bulk consumers to come forward and take part in the Clean E-Bhubaneswar Project. The
awareness event was organised by the BMC and project implementation partners Sofies Sustainability Leaders
Pvt. Ltd. and Siddha Development Research and Consultancy (www.sdrc.co.in).

The event focused on key aspects of e-waste and its management. The global, Indian, and Bhubaneswar city-
level e-waste scenarios, their significance and volumes, were reviewed along with the hazards and
opportunities surrounding e-waste management. The E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016, were discussed as
well as roles of the different stakeholders as defined by these rules. The roles and responsibilities of bulk
consumers was examined in detail.
An important aspect of the Clean e-Bhubaneswar project is to support
local authorities including the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and Orissa State Pollution Control Board in
generating awareness among consumers, bulk consumers, households, schools, colleges and other institutions
regarding e-waste.

The BMC invites government institutions and other bulk consumers to join this initiative and take part in
building a sustainable solution for the management of e-waste in the city of Bhubaneswar.


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