The book links key themes to the global context of Sustainable Development Goals and explores the convergence with technological, infrastructural, and social initiatives in e-waste management.
A new book on an important issue titled ‘E-Waste Management: Challenges and Opportunities in India’, authored by Varsha Bhagat-Ganguly has come into market just few days back.
This book offers an extensive review of e-waste management in India, the world’s third‑largest producer of waste from electrical and electronic equipment. With a focus on the evolution of legal frameworks in India and the world, it presents impacts and outcomes; challenges and opportunities; and management strategies and practices to deal with e-waste. First of its kind, the book examines relevant concepts and issues from across 15 disciplines and six areas of policy making and will serve as a comprehensive knowledge base on electronic waste in India. It links key themes to the global context of Sustainable Development Goals and explores the convergence with technological, infrastructural, and social initiatives in e-waste management.
A range of topics are discussed, such as resource efficiency policies; circular economy; toxicity; technicalities and complexities of e-waste management including role of the informal sector and need for recognizing social and human costs in policy making. The book deals with the role of statistics; legal trends and reforms; linkages with green Agenda 2030 and UN initiatives; implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR); environmental factors; business prospects; consequences on human health; Life Cycle Impact Assessment; the ‘six Rs’ (Responsible use, Repair, Refurbish, Recycle, Recover and Reuse); recycling practices and problems, material flow and informal sector in trade value chain; fostering partnership between formal-informal sectors; safe disposal; alternatives to landfilling; role of jurisprudence and regulatory bodies; and education and awareness. It also includes a survey of pan-India initiatives and trajectories of law-driven initiatives for effective e-waste management along with responses from industries and producers.
Timely and essential, this volume will be useful to scholars and researchers of environment studies, digital waste management, waste management, development studies, public policy, political ecology, sustainable development, technology and manufacturing, design and instrumentation, environmental and international law, taxation, commerce, electronic industry, economics, business management, metallurgy, and engineering, labor studies, as well as to policymakers, nongovernmental organizations, and interested general readers.
The book discusses Sustainable Development and E-Waste Management; Extended Producer Responsibility: A Mainstay for E-Waste Management; Toxicity and Impacts on Environment and Human Health; Treating E-Waste, Resource Efficiency, and Circular Economy; Waste Management Through Legislations in India; Strategies and Initiatives for Dealing with E-Waste in India; Moving Towards Horizons etc.
The author Varsha Bhagat-Ganguly is Professor at Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad India. She has been Professor at Centre for Rural Studies, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, and Fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. She has worked in the education and development sector as a development sociologist and has conducted research studies on various social and developmental issues. She focuses on linking field-based and academic research with its versatile applications, including ground-up public policy regime, strategic action plan for social change, and raising awareness and communication. Among her publications are 15 books and 22 research articles/book chapters. She has been an editor of three academic journals. Her areas of interest are research for development, land question, citizen’s rights and collective actions, process of marginalization and Gujarat.