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| 2013|
| SIIB
SUDEEP A.R.11020243028MBA (E&E) 2011-13|

[DISSERTATION PROJECT]|
To assess the viability of an E Waste collection centre in Hinjewadi|

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

It gives me great pleasure in expressing my gratitude to my professor, Dr. Prakash Rao also the Head of Department – Energy & Environment, for his valuable teachings and guidance throughout the program. Without his supervision, this endeavor would have been a futile exercise.

I would also like to thank all the E-waste dealers around Pune whom I contacted, for providing me with valuable information regarding the exploratory research.
I would also like to extend a heartfelt gratitude to all the respondents, especially SIC (Symbiosis InfoTech Campus) students and the IT employees around Hinjewadi, who spared their precious time and provided me with their genuine responses, which led to the successful completion of my project.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION3
OBJECTIVE3
REVIEW OF LITERATURE3
METHODOLOGY6
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY6
DATA COLLECTION METHOD:6
MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES:7
QUESTIONNAIRE DESIGN PROCEDURE:7
EXPLORATORY RESEARCH8
Primary Research Objective8
RESEARCH FINDINGS13
CHI- SQUARE ANALYSIS30
AREA VS WILLINGESS TO PAY30
AWARENESS VS COMMITMENT32
ANALYSIS35
CONCLUSION36
RECOMMENDATIONS38
REFERENCES39

INTRODUCTION

A recent study conducted by the Pune Municipal Corporation has found out that the city is generating more than 2500 metric tonnes of electronic waste a year. Hinjewadi, being the site for an ever expanding IT parks, is fast growing as a major source of e-waste.

OBJECTIVE

The primary objective of this study was to test the viability of setting up an E-waste management business in the area under the coverage of the research, i.e., Hinjewadi area (Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3). The approach of the survey was to collect primary data from a reasonably diverse sample with IT employees, Students and E waste dealers as the demographic groups being analysed.

REVIEW OF LITERATURE

Waste from castaway electronic goods in Pune region is as high as 2,500 metric tonnes every year. Sadly, there is no system for its safe and environment-friendly disposal. The Pune-Mumbai corridor is a hotspot for e-waste. A UN study has already cautioned that computer waste in India alone will grow by 500% from 2007 levels by 2020. E-waste describes trashed electronics including computers, telephones, printers, televisions, refrigerators and other appliances. Scrap dealers usually burn many parts while looking for metals like copper and gold. When e-waste is processed for disposal they release toxics. Only a few firms are into e-waste disposal in the country and much of the disposal is taken up by scrap dealers (kabadiwalas) who trash them unscientifically. As much as 95 per cent of e-waste recycling is done by the informal sector, which is unsafe and not environment-friendly. There has to be a better way for e-waste management. Proper collection and accountability can help channelize e-waste.

The Pune Municipal Corporation’s deputy commissioner (solid waste management) Suresh Jagtap said that Pune region generates about 2,500 metric tonnes of e-waste per year. The areas include Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, and fringe areas including the Hinjewadi IT Park. Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s health officer K Nagkumar said that e-waste management and handling rules are yet to be implemented, but the civic body has taken steps for better handling and disposal of e-waste. A few of the existing E-Waste management ventures around Hinjewadi are Save Environment Engineers Pvt Ltd, Avj Engineering Consultants, Trio Chem Techno Legel Services PVT LTD, Enviro Safe, Soilink, Pacific GreentechLlp, Mkw Biosystems, Global Green Energy & Sustainability Solutions PVT LTD, R R Scrap Merchant ,R R Petroplast, Arya Omnitalk Wireless Solutions PVT LTD and Sms Envocare Ltd....
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