Sunday, July 1, 2007

E-Parisara: Managing e-waste in the IT hub

Bangalore, the city where I live and work, is an IT hub and has hundreds of technology companies operating from here. Some even call Bangalore as the "Silicon Valley of the East". While the IT boom has tremendously boosted the city's economy, it has also brought the hazards of e-waste (from discarded computers and other electronic equipment) with it. But wait, there is help available. It is from E-Parisara (Parisara is Kannada means "Environment"), a project to manage e-waste without causing ecological damage.

E-Parisara has been setup near Bangalore by Mr. P Parthasarathy, who is a post-graduate from IIT-Madras. The initiative not only manages e-waste but also attempts to convert it into raw materials that can be re-used, trying to achieve environmental and economic sustainability at the same time, which is why this post finds a place in this blog.

E-Parisara already has some of the big IT companies in Bangalore, such as IBM, Tata Elxsi, ABB and Philips, as its clients. Recently, on World Environment Day, my employer, Robert Bosch India, also joined this list (which is how I came to know about E-Parisara). Here is a link to an article about E-Parisara:

http://www.hindu.com/2006/04/03/stories/2006040321540400.htm

3 comments:

MaRUN said...

This is a very tidy step taken by E parisara..Do they have their webite for more information on recycling??

Sagar Gubbi said...

E-Parisara website:

www.ewasteindia.in

e-mail: recycle@ewasteindia.com

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