E-Waste Awareness Drive
Today we are living in a digital era. From our morning coffee machine to the AC we put on while sleeping, everything is digital. These gadgets that help us in this digital world are all electronics.
Worldwide 20 to 50 million metric tons of e-waste is discarded every year. India generates 2 million tons of e-waste every year. Most of this e-waste is discarded along with normal solid waste. This e-waste accumulates in dumpyards and poses a threat to the environment and human health. Most of these electronics contain heavy metals and chemicals which may seep into groundwater and soil.
To generate more awareness about this issue, 19 FyBMM students from St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Mumbai carried out an awareness drive in three schools of Mumbai viz. Kawale Math U.P.M.S. Banganga BMC School, Arya Mandir Vidya School (BKC) and St. Xavier’s High School. Students had several meetings with the principal and the school staff and arranged a one-day interactive session in each school.
Each group carried out detailed research about the E-waste challenge faced by Mumbai and were asked to prepare presentation for school students. These sessions were conducted along with interactive games, videos, discussions and competitions among the school houses. Approximately 500 school students were engaged in this awareness campaign from these three schools.
During this, groups also collaborated with e-waste collectors and recyclers from Mumbai such as E-incarnation Recycling Pvt. Ltd. and E-waste Recycling India.