Centre of Excellence (CoE) in E-Waste Management has been established to create a self-sustaining ecosystem capable of processing India’s e-waste. It is a joint initiative by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Govt of India in partnership with Government of Telangana (GoT) and the industry.
The purpose of establishing Centre of Excellence (CoE) is to create physical infrastructure and knowledge hub for the development of cost-effective technology for E-waste recycling and dissemination of E-waste solutions from dismantling to recycling to precious metal separation in collaboration with Government, Industries, and academia.
This will enable the empowerment of informal E-waste recyclers in the country, safe disposal of end of life electrical and electronic devices, recovery of precious metals from E-waste, strengthening of current engineering ecosystem to improve the process efficiency, vanquish the export of PCBs, safe recovery of precious metals and thereby huge savings on foreign currency, dissemination of knowledge base for human resource development, Skill development for prosperous entrepreneurs and nurturing of start-ups.
The CoE will host a physical lab facility to create a prototype for addressing the various domestic needs in the field of E-waste e.g. dismantling, plastic recycling, designing and automation of various process equipment for environmental friendly recycling of PCBs, recovery of precious metals, separation of rare earth oxides from spent phosphors, nurturing of start-ups etc. This facility will also include the incubation center to enable start-ups to develop their ideas. Providing training to empower the Indian electronics and electrical industries on the E-waste Management Rule (2016) through RoHS facility available at C-MET is another very important goal of the CoE.