In 2019, the world generated 53.6 million metric tonne (MT) of e-waste. Asia was responsible for generating 24.9 million MT (largest share in the world); of this, India accounted for 3.2 million MT. India is the third largest producer of e-waste after China and USA, with per capita generation at 2.4 kg. Despite the government’s initiatives, 90 per cent of this waste is handled and management by the informal sector. It is the need of the hour to understand and act on how to sustainably manage e-waste. Accurate data on e-waste generation, collection and disposal are integral to how a country formulates and evolves its policies and practices on managing this waste

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has been working on policy and advocacy for a sustainable e- waste management. It recognises the need to adopt resourceefficient waste management regimes, based on which it has conceptualised a one-week certificate course on ‘E-Waste Management in India’. The objective of the programme is to provide a better understanding of the key issues of e-waste management, legal aspects and legislative tools for effective management of e-waste while also focusing on how shifting to responsible purchase and consumption patterns can strengthen and foster the concepts of ‘circular economy’ and ‘resource efficiency’.

The mode of training would be online (self-paced), with a proper mix of interactive sessions with subject matter experts on e-waste and its management. The course provides a flexibility of accessing on-demand literature, virtual presentations and case studies. Assessment exercises and group discussions on the modules are provided for assessment and engagement of the participants.


  • Status of e-waste management in India
  • Major provisions of the E-Waste Management Rules, 2016 and amendments thereof
  • Utilisation of the concepts of circular economy and resource efficiency
  • Ill effects of mismanagement of e-waste
  • Effective ways of handling e-waste
  • Understanding EPR in e-waste
  • Best practices and models for e-waste management


Kuldeep Choudhary
Programme Officer,
Solid Waste Management
Centre for Science and Environment
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