E-Waste Treatment Facility To Be Established Near Airport

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   (2012-07-28 00:00:00)

The State government will “within a couple of months” initiate construction work for setting up an e-waste treatment plant near the Bengaluru International Airport, said M.N. Vidyashankar, Principal Secretary, Department of Commerce and Industries, here on Friday.

Addressing the inaugural of a two-day conference on cloud computing, Mr. Vidyashankar said that there are only four other plants worldwide that conform to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, set by the European Community for standards for treating waste generated by the ICT industry.

Only a small fraction of the global e-waste generated, worth $ 62 billion annually, is treated, at four locations in the U.S., Canada, South Korea and Singapore. A Singapore-based company, with an investment of Rs. 145 crore, would build the facility in Bangalore.

He pointed out that not only plastics, printed circuit boards and computer chips are generated as waste but also large quantities of precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum and palladium.

Mr. Vidyashankar said that the government plans to establish an institute based on the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan. “We plan to replicate this in Bangalore,” he said.

The details of the project and “detailed timelines” would be available by October. Representatives from 1,300 hardware companies from Taiwan will visit Bangalore in September to explore partnership in India.

S. Sadagopan, Director of the International Institute of Information Technology, said that cloud computing would service providers, including State and Union governments, to focus their energies on providing services instead of bothering to build and manage networks.

The conference, organised by the Bangalore Chapter of the Computer Society of India, concludes on Saturday.