Facilitating Partnerships for Environmentally Sound Management of e-waste in India – A study on Market for Cellular Telephones in India

A Study on Market for Cellular Telephones in India
01 Jun 2008 Secretariat of Basel Convention India Basel Convention

The Scope

The study was a part of the Basel Convention on the Control of trans-boundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal, which was the most comprehensive global environmental agreement on hazardous and other wastes. The convention had 170 Parties and aimed to protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects resulting from the generation, management, trans-boundary movements and disposal of hazardous and other wastes. As a part of above initiatives this component was aimed at identification and assessment of e-waste generation and its management options in India.

Our Role

A team of experienced multidisciplinary team was deployed by us to carry out the advisory services. Our scope of work included:

  • Conducted large scale surveys
  • Reviewed current status and future growth projections of mobile phone market in India
  • Reviewed current methods of managing the end-of-life of mobile phones and the associated environmental impacts
  • Assessed the average lifetime of mobile phone handsets and quantum of e-waste generated
  • Identified stakeholders, their roles and possible modes of engagement to explore practical solutions for improved management of e-waste from mobile phones
  • Provided inputs on the economics of initiating a take-back system for end-of-life mobile phones by handset manufacturers
  • Generated awareness on environmentally sound management of e-waste.