Engineer and inventor Peethambaram Parthasarathy has setup India’s first waste electrical equipment recycling plant, which recycles electrical equipment without causing any damage to the environment and people. Anyone who gets an opportunity to work here also find themselves in a good situation: employees are not only well paid, but their needs and comfort are also taken into account. Doesn’t that sound too good to be true? Well, it's not!
When discussing e-waste in India, the common discourse is dominated by images of huge dumps from which garbage collectors fish out televisions, computers and other electronic equipment and then they "boil" them in their "backyard kitchens" - without a mouth guard or gloves to disassemble the equipment. Currently, about 90 percent of India’s electronic waste pickers and sorters are exploited, working without a license and without safety precautions which can lead to fatal consequences for people and the environment. Read more about e-waste in our articles on electronic waste.
Peethambaram Parthasarathy, a resourceful engineer and pioneer of electronic waste management, has established the first recycling facility for electronics in India. Copper, silver, gold, platinum, or even plastic, all these materials are separated in the modern workshops by E-Parisaraa (E stands for electronic waste, Parisaraa for Mr. Peethambaram Parthasarathy's name itself) with 99 percent of parts recycled in Bangalore. Mr. Parthasarathy has himself devised the waste dismantling machines:
" My desire is that we exploit all possible substances of electronic waste through natural scientific methods. Only in this way we can actually reduce the air, water and soil pollution," says Parthasarathy.
Peethambaram Parthasarathy at work ...
Mr. Peethambaram Parthasarathy is not only concerned about the environment, but also for the welfare of the organisation's employees. They work with modern equipment and protective clothing - a rare exception in India. Women and widows who otherwise have no prospect of a job are being employed by E-Parisaraa. At noon there is a warm meal for employees. At regular intervals they are even served pastries, and after work, the employee can shower at the facility too. Employees also receive a professional education, free medical care, sick leave, and school fees for the children. In India, these are almost heavenly conditions.
Parthasarathy started E-Parisaraa with assistance from GIZ, the German federal development aid organisation, and the funds received from them have already been repaid back. The company now has so many orders that it does not even need more financial support. On a single day, E-Parisaraa, processes six to eight tonnes of electronic waste.
And Mr. "Gearloose" is still thinking further: he stores, for example, lithium batteries and alloys in which indium is inserted, in the hope that there will soon be a method by which these - extremely rare - substances can be extracted from e-waste.
A pioneer has provided ground for hope!
This article was translated from an article by Sarah Indra on our German platform.