Renewable Matter # 27 / May-June

Urban Mining: India’s Billion Dollar E-Waste Market

by Soumik Dutta

As private companies try to get a foothold in urban mining, India’s booming e-waste market is still largely in the hands of the unregulated sector. 

 

The Brand Equity Foundation estimates that India’s electronics market will reach $400 billion by 2022. According to the telecom giant Ericsson, smart phones will lead the boom in India from 90 million users in 2013 to a massive 520 million smart phone users by 2020. By 2020 India’s e-waste from old mobile phones and computers will rise by about 1,800% and 500%...

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