India's e-waste sector faces several challenges: difficulties in coping with the sheer quantity of e-waste, the lack of adequate technology for certain recycling processes, and legal gaps and lax enforcement in the recycling and disposal sector. Recent studies show that only 6 per cent of the annual e-waste is being recycled, of which 95 per cent is recycled through the informal sector.
The E-Waste Channel project, a follow-up of the IeWASTE project, aims to increase e-waste recycling efficiency. Focusing on Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata and Pune adelphi will support the establishment of business associations amongst informal SMEs. Further specific project objectives include to enhancing the cooperation between the informal and formal sector, to reducing the environmental impacts and to improving workers health& safety conditions.