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For just £2 a day, Children put their blood and sweat in India’s Biggest e-waste graveyard at Seelampur

E-waste is one of the largest and yet an unorganized sector in India and provides employment to more than 1 lakh people

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A child surrounded by e-waste. Image source: www.greenpeace.org
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  • India accounts for scrapping 70 percent of the World’s e-waste
  • E-waste comprise of all sort of electronic items which contains toxic elements like mercury, lead and cadmium
  • Attero recycling is the only company having a license to import e-waste

India is emerging as one of the world’s major electronic waste generators and accounts for scrapping 70% of the World’s e-waste. Seelampur, a small city is one such market for e-waste in India is situated 15 kilometers in East Delhi.

According to a study on ‘Electronic Waste Management in India,’ conducted by ASSOCHAM–cKinetics joint study on ‘World Environment Day’- by 2018, the global volume of e-waste generated is expected to reach 130 million tons from 93.5 million tons in 2016 at a compound annual growth rate of 17.6% from 2016 to 2018, said the business-standard.com report.
E-waste shop. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
E-waste shop. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Seelampur is the largest e-waste dismantling hub in India. Seelampur has the distinction of having more than 3000 small and big shops for scrapping e waste. E-waste is one of the largest and yet an unorganized sector in India. It provides employment to more than one lakh people. E-waste market in Seelampur, alone, provides bread and butter to more than thirty thousand people.

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According to a NGO report, India itself produces around 4 lakh tonnes of electronic waste and illegally imports fifty thousand tonnes of e-waste through various developed and developing countries like USA, South Korea, Australia and various other countries of Europe. However, Attero recycling is the only company having a license to import e-wastes.

People working in e-waste. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
People working in e-waste. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Each truck carries around 10 tonnes of e-waste which enters into Seelampur e-waste market. Most of the people working in these shops and godowns are teenagers. Most of the poor teenage population of Seelampur does not go to school but work in these shops and earn Rs 200 per day.

However, the  workers suggest that there work is just limited to segregation and after that the waste is taken to the jungles near Lucknow. They usually segregate copper from the plastic material.

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Teenage working in e-waste shop. Image Source: www.cseindia.org
Teenage working in e-waste shop. Image Source: www.cseindia.org

E-waste includes all electronic items which in turns contain toxic elements like mercury, lead and cadmium. Since, putting this waste in landfills is very expensive and bury them below the ground is harmful for the environment, people generally opt for e-waste.

Moreover, these e wastes contain some radioactive substance which can prove harmful to the workers. Around 4-5 years back, Seelampur came into the headlines because of deaths caused by radioactive elements.

In 2010, a scrap dealer died due to exposure of radioactive radiations when 60 Cobalt pencils were found in the scrap materials.

-This report is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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  • AJ Krish

    These toxic substances need a proper disposal system as India itself produces around 4 lakh tonnes of electronic waste.

  • AdamMinter

    The picture atop this article was taken in 2001. In China. Do you think it accurately portrays the current situation in India? Because I regularly travel to e-waste zones in both countries, and I can tell you that it had little do with what happened in them in 2001, or today. But don’t let that get in the way of sensationalizing, I guess. Way to go.

  • AJ Krish

    These toxic substances need a proper disposal system as India itself produces around 4 lakh tonnes of electronic waste.

  • AdamMinter

    The picture atop this article was taken in 2001. In China. Do you think it accurately portrays the current situation in India? Because I regularly travel to e-waste zones in both countries, and I can tell you that it had little do with what happened in them in 2001, or today. But don’t let that get in the way of sensationalizing, I guess. Way to go.

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10 lesser known facts about Kriti Sanon’s life

Kriti Sanon is not just a pretty face. She is very intelligent and has completed her B.Tech from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology in Uttar Pradesh.

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Kriti Sanon is a relatively new actress who has proved her mettle in just a span of few movies. Wikimedia Commons
Kriti Sanon is a relatively new actress who has proved her mettle in just a span of few movies. Wikimedia Commons
  • Kriti Sanon is a well-known name in Bollywood. She is one of the most talented and beautiful new generation Bollywood actresses.
  • Kriti has worked in many famous movies like Heropanti, Bareilly ki Barfi and Dilwale.
  • This 5”8′ inches tall actress has been winning hearts and awards since her debut in the film industry.

The ‘Bareilly ki Barfi’ fame actress, Kriti Sanon is an actress and model, born and brought up in Delhi. She is among one of the most beautiful new generation actresses and has proved her mettle in the film industry in a very short span of time.

Kriti Sanon has made a name for herself in Bollywood in a really short span of time. Instagram.
Kriti Sanon has made a name for herself in Bollywood in a really short span of time. Instagram

Not only is she gorgeous, but she is also very talented. Her acting skills have been appreciated by both audiences and critics. This Delhi girl has been winning hearts since her Bollywood debut in, ‘Heropanti.’ Here are 10 facts about Kriti Sanon’s life which you may now know:

Her first movie wasn’t Heropanti.

Most of us think that Kriti Sanon’s first movie was Heropanti, but this is certainly not true. Before debuting in Bollywood, Sanon had already made a name for herself in the Telugu film industry. She worked in the Telugu thriller name ‘Nenok Kadine,‘ opposite the superstar Mahesh Babu. Her performance was well received by the audience there.

Kriti Sanon debut in the film industry was a Telugu movie opposite Mahesh Babu. IANS
Kriti Sanon debut in the film industry was a Telugu movie opposite Mahesh Babu. IANS

She is a beauty with brains.

Kriti Sanon is not just a pretty face. She is very intelligent and has completed her B.Tech in Electronics and Communication from well known Jaypee Institute of Information Technology in Uttar Pradesh. So yes, if she wouldn’t have been an actress, she would’ve had a lucrative career as an engineer.

She came from a highly educated family.

Intelligence seems to be in her genes. Her father is a Chartered Accountant and her mother teaches at the University of Delhi. She is the elder daughter and has a younger sister, Nupur who is inclined towards music.

Kriti comes from a highly educated family. Wikimedia Commons
Kriti comes from a highly educated family. Wikimedia Commons

Kriti has a sweet tooth.

Kriti Sanon has a stunning figure, which obviously needs lots of maintaining. However, that doesn’t stop the ‘Bareilly ki Barfi’ actress from indulging in deserts. She loves to have everything sweet whether it is chocolates or ‘Gajar Ha Halwa’, she loves them all equally.

She is a Salman Khan fan.

But well then, who isn’t? Kriti Sanon is a huge Salman Khan fan and has claimed to have watched all his movies multiple times.

Salman Khan is Kriti Sonan's favourite actor. Wikimedia Commons
Salman Khan is Kriti Sonan’s favourite actor. Wikimedia Commons

Acting is not her only interest.

Kriti is a true performer. Apart from acting, she loves to dance in her free time. She is a trained Kathak dancer. She also loves to travel and Goa is her favourite holiday destination. Apart from that, she loves to cook. This intellectual beauty is also a huge fan of reading and writing poetry.

Kriti Sanon loves to read and write poetry. Wikimedia Commons
Kriti Sanon loves to read and write poetry. Wikimedia Commons

Her idols are ideal.

Kriti Sanon’s favourite actresses are Kajol and legendary Rekha. She counts them among her idols. Kriti had a chance of working with Kajol in the movie ‘Dilwale,’ which definitely would’ve been a dream come true for her.

She loves perfumes.

Kriti loves perfumes and has admitted of her wardrobe is full of them. Her favourite perfume brand is said to be Davidoff’s Coolwater.

She is not a girly girl.

She may look beautifully fragile, but this actress is tougher than you think. She is a big fan of boxing and loves practising it, it is her favourite sport. She also loves to ride cars and bikes, whenever she gets free time.

Kriti is more of a tomboy and loves boxing. Wikimedia Commons
Kriti is more of a tomboy and loves boxing. Wikimedia Commons

Her favourite season is Monsoon.

Kriti Sanon loves the season of monsoon. One of her favourite things to do is to sit near her window comfortably and enjoy the rain outside. Now, that’s something we all love to do.