Push to develop e-scrap infrastructure in India is slow going
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
An ambitious project to bring more responsible e-scrap processing to one of India's major population centers is apparently struggling to get off the ground.
The Hindu newspaper reports that though the city of Hyderabad is five months into a World Bank-backed e-scrap collection program, "there has been no progress." The capital of India's Andhra Pradesh state was one of four large cities in the country chosen to participate in an e-scrap program developed by the World Bank's International Finance Corporation and electronics processing company Attero Recycling.
The delay, the paper reports has occurred for two reasons: Attero has yet to choose a partner to handle operations and collections, and the market for e-scrap in the country has been slow to develop.
External estimates say the electronics recycling industry is growing rapidly in the country, however. Researchers at the University of Northampton in the U.K. estimate the growth of India's e-scrap sector exceeds the world average by 22 percent annually, with researchers crediting the country's robust IT manufacturing and services industry.