WEEE Recycle

Establishing E-Waste Channels to Enhance Environment Friendly Recycling

The project aimed to improve living standards in urban centers of India and to support the implementation of the National Environmental Policy which refers to the 3R and Polluter Pays Principle involving the informal sector in waste management.

The project also addressed to reduce the pollution arising from e-waste recycling undertaken in the informal sector in 4 urban areas (Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata & Pune) by encouraging environmentally sound recycling through a collective effort of all relevant stakeholders of the value chain.

The current e-waste recycling situation in India indicates that 95% of e-waste is recycled by the informal sector using highly polluting technologies causing threat to environment and human health. The project sought to amend this situation by providing technologically feasible and socially acceptable solutions for the proper canalisation of e-waste and regulating the flow of e-waste leading to environmentally sound recycling, while at the same time involving the unorganised sector in regulated recycling activities. The project was based on an integrated approach to deal with the whole process of e-waste management in order to improve the present situation.

There was also an urgent need to provide linkages between the informal and formal sector. The last steps in the e-waste recycling chain for extracting precious metals and other valuable raw materials were the most critical and therefore should be carried out in the formal sector. A system for organised collection channels was needed. Plus stakeholder participation and creating awareness among the users of electrical and electronic equipments on the disposal of the end of life equipments was necessary. In parallel to this, training and capacity building programmes had been developed for all stakeholders after assessing their needs. These activities were accompanied by the facilitation of information exchange and networking. All tasks that were conducted simultaneously had mutually influenced and provided input to each other.

Duration: 1/2010 - 12/2013

Total budget: EUR 2,004,045.37 (EU Contribution: 80%)


Dr. Rachna Arora

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
B-5/2, Safdarjung Enclave
New Delhi 110029

Phone: +91 11 4949 5353 ext. 2357



Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
GIZ is a federally owned organization working worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ will have the responsibility of the overall project management and implementation.
Toxics Link Toxics Link
Toxics Link is an information outreach and environmental advocacy organization. It has been working on E-waste and has carried out a number of studies on the issue in India. Toxics Link will be implementing the project in Kolkata and also providing suppor
Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT) Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT)
MAIT is representing IT hardware, training, R&D, and associated services in India. MAIT will be implementing the project in Bangalore and also support industry liaison and advocacy work.
Adelphi Research GmbH Adelphi Research GmbH
Adelphi Research is an innovative internationally operating consultancy with extensive experience in the area of technology transfer and integrated environmental protection. Adelphi will provide EU and international expertise for R&D, development of train
Impact Sheet Impact Sheet
In this final publication, the WEEE Recycle project reported on the economic, social and environmental impacts as well as its achievements in terms of climate benefits, green finance, target group engagement, and policy development. The project has completed in 2014.

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Project Fact Sheet

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Presentation on Role of the Informal Sector in E-Waste Management

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Project Poster

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Project Presentation June 2011

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Project Progress Sheet 2011

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