Ashwary Sehgal
MA Design strategy and Innovation
E-Waste Management in India
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Project Description

E-waste management has become most critical and complex for the developing nation where 95% of E-waste recycling is undertaken by the informal sector which is detrimental for the environment and society. There are several institutes who practice established and formal E-waste recycling, around 178. However, a country with more than billions of people has become very difficult for governments to keep a record of all the resources. As most informal recycling is undertaken without using any formalization techniques this makes effective disposal highly problematic. Areas like Seemapuri in Delhi are the country's largest electrical waste market. Materials like Lead, Cadmium and Beryllium found in E-Waste could be a potential cause of skin problems, moreover, in all these toxics chemical can affect the liver and nervous system even in newborn babies. The Indian government have taken major steps to resolve this issue such as ‘Right to Repair’ which works as a gateway to for the companies to repair their products for the customer. However, none of these products are designed and developed for recycling and easy repair. The largest problem for India is to effect encouragement of using the formal practice of recycling E-waste. This research study will investigate how to encourage manufacturers to use formal techniques for recycling E-waste and will provide a comprehensive framework for companies to handle E-waste with the support of providing the right skillsets and technologies for E-waste disposal through the perspective of Design Thinking.