Khordha:4/1/18;Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has partnered with SDRC and Sofies Sustainability Leaders Private Limited for installation e-waste sculptures soon across the city.
Bhubaneswar:4/1/18;The sculptures would be a tourists’ attraction. As per the Waste Management Rules, 2016, the E-wastes should be scientifically stored and dismantled as their unscientific management leads to pollution and various environmental hazards. So we have initiated steps for its scientific dismantling, said BMC officials.
The two sculptures will be placed at two major locations. These installations would be part of Clean E-Bhubaneswar Project under IFC-EU Eco-Cities Programme. Clean E-Bhubaneswar project is a joint initiative of International Finance Corporation-European Union Eco Cities Programe and Bhubaneswar Municipal corporation. As a part of the project the two E-waste sculptures are being planned to be installed in the Temple City.
While one sculpture is with a theme “Hand pointing to the ground’’, it gives the message that we need to reconnect with Mother Earth by being responsible in scientific management of Electronic Waste (E-waste) and recycling it in a sustainable manner.
The second sculpture is named as “Raavan.’’ This sculpture gives the message that we would need to be responsible in management of E-Waste by following the principles of reduction, reuse, repair and recycle. Naming of the sculpture as per the mythological character explains that if we ignore the issue, one day E-waste could also becomes a demon like Raavan and do harm to the human race.
Director of city-based Siddha Development Research and Consulting (SDRC), Narasingh Panigrahi, said “as per the report prepared by the United Nations University (UNU), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) discarded equipment, such as phones, laptops, fridges, sensors, and TVs contain substances that pose considerable environmental and health risks, especially if treated inadequately. Most E-waste is not properly documented and not treated through appropriate recycling chains and methods. ‘’