Volume No. 3 Issue No.: 4 Page No.: 1262-1270 April-June 2009




Vikram Singh

Department of Engineering and Technology, Ch. Devi Lal University, Sirsa Haryana (125055) INDIA,


Received on : March 27, 2009




Mid of the twentieth century has marked the outset of digital electronic era. Development of transistor by William Shockley et. al., integrated circuits by Jack Kilbey, personal computers and note book computers have lead the way of penetration of electronic gadgets into masses. Electronic components nowadays are very common and have become an essence of life; and have almost become a symbol of development. Both, the production and dumping of electronic devices, pose serious challenges to the theory and practices of sustainable development. Effluents from the chip manufacturing units and toxic materials and heavy metals released during dismantling of used circuit boards, cause potential threats to the labour working nearby. This paper discusses need for taking on the impending problem from the view points of 1) the environmentally sound technologies for electronic waste treatment and 2) the model legislative framework for dealing with the issues related to electronic waste management.


Keywords : Electronic waste, Recycling, Disposal, Landfills, Technology, Legislation.