As part of the Responsible Recycling of e-Waste program, Saahas took students from the participating schools on a visit to E-Parisaraa, India’s first formal e-Waste recycler.
The visit was scheduled for 5th December 2015 and 30 enthusiastic students from 6 schools, along with their teachers participated in what was an amazing learning experience for all.
Over the last two years, these students from the schools, Prakriya, Little Flower Public School, Orchids International BTM Layout, Kumaran’s CBSE, Kumaran’s ICSE and BGS NPS had worked as volunteers to create awareness on e-waste and had help collect significant quantities of the same from their homes and neighbourhoods.
On this visit to the E-Parisaraa premises at Dobbaspet, about 55 kms from Jayanagar, Bangalore, and the students looked forward to seeing how the e-Waste that they had collected was being processed and recycled.
At the E-Parisaraa premises, the students and staff were divided into 2 groups. One group was shown the documentary of E Parisaraa while the other was taken around the facility to show how e-Waste was recycled. They were quite amazed to see the number of categories the e-Waste was broken down into and the volumes of e-Waste being recycled, as well as the different machines used for dismantling and processing.
One interesting machine that was demonstrated to us by the E-Parisaraa staff split network cables inserted into it into PVC, plastic and plastic-copper combined. The copper is next further separated from the plastic.
Another fascinating machine was one that chipped and shredded PCB’s.
A walk around the premises also revealed E-Parisaraa’s efforts to recycle and reuse as much of the e-waste as possible. It was interesting to see how old computer monitors and washing machine drums were converted into flowerpots. Similarly chipped PCB’s had been used as cover on doors.
One such machine was the one (the E Parisaraa staff demonstrated for us) in which the network cables, when put through it, separated into three different types of materials (PVC, Plastic and Plastic/copper). Later on, the copper is further separated from the plastic. This machine fascinated the students and also the one where the PCBs are chipped and shredded into smaller parts.
All of us also got to know E Parisaraa’s endeavour to recycle and reuse as much of the e-Waste as possible. For example, their innovative ways of turning old computer monitors and washing machine drums into flower pots or the chipped PCBs used as covering on doors!!
The visit to E-Parisaraa helped reinforce the idea of Responsible Recycling of e-Waste and a wonderful learning experience for all.