India has crossed one billion mobile subscriber , now demand is increasing day by day . Most of the old phone are becoming garbage for all of us. Now the best way to come out of this problem is recycling them and make better use of elctronic garbage.
“Electronics are so common in our lives, but we’re disposing of everything so quickly,” says Karma Recycling co-founder and co-director Akshat Ghiya, “phones are supposed to last five to six years, but we’re switching them every year, it’s all status symbol.”
But worse than that was the fact that the existing electronic disposal market consisted of the neighborhood kabadiwala, or local scrap merchant, collecting and open-air burning products in the slums where the toxic release is hazardous for nearby residents and environment alike.
It’s the dual concept of a sustainable business that prompted Ghiya and fellow co-founder and co-director Aamir Jariwala, who met as students at Northwestern University, to get involved in the electronic waste space in 2013.
In 2012 the Indian government passed new electronic waste handling rules aimed to divert waste from the local scrap merchants and into proper disposal methods. Although the laws were not being enforced six months later, mobile devices were not finding their way into the hands of the kabadiwala, says Ghiya.
Then ,Two persons decided to build an e-portal which enables individuals or retail partnerships to log in and sell their old cellphones for cash back. Karma Recycling then sends the phones to their New Delhi facility where they undergo a full data wipe, product backup, repair and refurbishment. They’re then repackaged with Karma’s own warranty and resold back on the market.
The goal is to keep the phones affordable so anyone may be able to purchase them.
Many companies are working into this to make elctronics recycle and usable for everybody.
“We have over 100 million smartphones, and Indians are expected to buy at least 500 million smartphones over the next few years,” says Ghiya, “the numbers are baffling.”
Deloitte values the used smartphone market will be worth about $17 billion in 2016.
India’s signatory on the Basel Convention Mobile Phone Partnership Initiative forbids imports of phones from anywhere else in the world, to avoid a greater e-waste problem in the country.
So , recycle your phones instead of making them garbage.make other people use them , who cannot buy new one’s.