Shahida Rehmani, a member of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), filed a bill in the National Assembly on Tuesday to alter the Pakistan Environment Protection Act 1997 to address the management of electronic waste (e-waste) in Pakistan. The recycling process includes recycling, dismantling, and rehabilitation of electronic waste
Discarded electronic or electrical equipment and devices are referred to as “electronic waste (E-waste)” E-waste refers to used electronics that are intended for reuse, salvage, resale, disposal, or recycling.
During the National Assembly session, MNA Rehmani painted a bleak picture, claiming that the country generates an estimated 433-kilo tonne of e-waste in Pakistan each year. She was outraged that countries like Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh were being utilized as dumping grounds for e-waste.
Shahida Rehmani, who introduced the law, explained that e-waste, such as computer parts, keyboards, and displays, was demolished to extract mercury, lead, and cadmium, as well as other substances, which were then used in everyday products.
“Worst of all, these hazardous components are extracted using child labor.” “It’s a very dangerous atmosphere where youngsters become sick from getting into direct contact with these materials,” Shahida Rehmani added.
According to data India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are among the countries worst hit by e-waste. In Pakistan, Karachi is the most important city for waste recycling and dismantling.
E-waste recycling is known to take place in several districts in Lahore. E-waste is frequently deconstructed and repurposed in enclosed spaces with limited ventilation. Currently, e-waste recycling, dismantling, and rehabilitation are also carried out in Faisalabad, Gujranwala, and Peshawar.