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India becomes 5th largest producer of e-waste in world: ASSOCHAM-KPMG study

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India has become the Fifth largest producer of e-waste in the world, wastages roughly 18.5 Lakh metric tonnes of electronic waste and telecom equipment accounting for 12%.

Study taken by: ASSOCHAM and KPMGe-waste


  • India emerged as the Second largest mobile market with 1.03 billion subscribers
  • About 100 crore mobile phones in circulation, nearly 25 per cent end up in e-waste annually


  • E-waste collection are implemented in a phased manner
  • To reduce the various audits being conducted by various authorities

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Mr P.Balaji, Chairman, ASSOCHAM National council on Telecommunications & Director-Regulatory, External Affairs & CSR, Vodafone India released the study and stated that

  • Telecommunication Industry is engaged to promote the Union Government Vision of Digital India programme
  • In the last 15 months operators have invested over 30% of the cumulative investment made in 20 years before
  • About 100 million handsets have been manufactured in 2015


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