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Engagement and awareness of the general public forms significant part of effective E-waste management solution Comment

Topic : GS-2: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

GS-3: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

4. Engagement and awareness of the general public forms significant part of effective E-waste management solution, Comment, (250 words)

Reference: Down to Earth

Why the question:

The article brings to us the concerns caused by the e-waste issue and the future threat it poses to the entire world.

Key Demand of the question:

One has to explain the significance   and criticality of engagement and awareness of the general public in effective management of e-wastes.

Directive:

Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly talk about the menace that e-waste generation and mismanagement is posing to the country.

Body:

The volume of E-waste increased by 21% globally in the last 5 years; it has a doubling rate of 16 years.

Discuss what constitutes Electronic waste (E-waste); Electronic waste (E-waste) or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) represent a major environmental challenge in the world today. It represents discarded appliances with a battery or a plug.

Rapid advances in technology, economic growth, urbanisation processes, increasing demand for consumer electronic equipment and a downward trend in prices are a few factors responsible for the unparalleled growth of E-waste worldwide during the last two decades.

Explain measures that are must to manage e-wastes effectively while highlighting the importance of engagement and awareness of the general public.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.