The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has requested the APSF to contribute to exchange of knowledge on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (hereafter referred to as e-waste), ship dismantling and the remediation of contaminated sites.

India has had a very long history of recycling, which has continued to be practiced in an informal set up mostly by urban poor. From paper, old bottles, plastics, clothes to old machineries- all are seen as potential income source and have been reused and recycled to earn revenue. Ewaste is relatively new entrant to this long list of profitable, recyclable items.