Electronic waste describes and includes old, end-of-life electronic appliances such as computers, lap tops, TVs, DVD players, mobile phones, mp3 players , tape drives networking products, servers, etc., which have been disposed of by their original users (corporates, business establishments, government agencies and households) in most cases. It comprises of relatively expensive and essentially durable products used for data processing, telecommunications or entertainment by the said users.

Why is E-waste a problem?
The changing lifestyle of people and urbanization has lead to increasing rates of consumption of electronic products. This has made electronic waste management an issue of environment and health concern.

Huge amounts of locally generated and internationally imported have posed a serious threat to human health and the environment. The complexity of the issue of e-waste in India, given its vast geographical and cultural diversity and economic disparities, makes management challenges in India quite unique.