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Apr 08

CYG’s first E-Waste Management Workshop conducted for Jetkings
[CYG’s first E-Waste Management Workshop conducted for Jetkings] April 19th, 2008: Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) along with the Pune Municipal Corporation, kicked off its environmental programme on electronic waste (e-waste) management under its ‘Green Games’ initiative. The first e-waste awareness workshop was conducted for Jetkings, Pune, the renowned Hardware Training Institute followed by a short play on reduction of e-waste by the artists of the Kalachand Group.

Present on the occasion were Dr. Ajay Ojha, Head, Air Quality Management Cell, PMC, Mr. Sanjay Gandhi, Director, Jetkings, Pune, Mr. Shankar Kalmani, Chairman, Sarathi & Committee Member, CYG and Ms. Jyoti Prabha, Project Officer CYG Green Games. Mr. Shankar Kalmani is co-ordinating this project along with CYG.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ajay Ojha said, “Under the “Green Games” initiative of the Commonwealth Youth Games, we have received an excellent platform to create awareness about E-waste Management amongst the youth and IT companies by conducting workshops. Such workshops will definitely help in educating the people of Pune and the replication of this model in other cities of India will surely help in bringing healthier changes in the environment”.

The IT sector in India is facing a new issue of E-waste. Pune being an IT hub of the country is waiting for the 3600 tonnes of E-waste generated in the city to be disposed off. E-waste consists of computers, old printers, keyboards, cellular phones, consumer electronics etc. The use and throw policy used in electronic items by the citizens is creating a big issue of E- waste. E-waste contains hazardous constituents which are dangerous to environment, so its disposal and process has become an important issue. E-waste management can be done by waste reduction, volume reduction, sustainable product design, recovery, reuse and recycling.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Jyoti Prabha said, “As promised to the citizens of Pune, CYG has started off with the e-waste awareness program along with other environmental awareness initiatives in the city. We assure you that we will make a difference. Under this programme we are looking at targeting 40 colleges and 10 top IT companies in Pune. Jetkings being a hardware training institute was thought of as a major contributor towards the problem of E-waste and we are privileged to conduct our first E-waste awareness workshop for them today. We have received an overwhelming response from the students."
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