Reliable management of electrical and electronic waste is becoming a miserable problem for a lot of countries around the world. Specially developing countries facing the menace of e-waste. It is studied by the International Telecommunication Union, the UN University and the International Solid Waste Association that the world generated 44.7 million tons of e-waste in 2016 which is eight percent higher from two years earlier; and expected to rise 52.2 million tons by 2021. Asia accounts for largest e-waste producer region with 18.2 Mt, Europe 12.3 Mt, the America 11.3 Mt, Africa 2.2 Mt, and Oceania 0.7 Mt. But, when it comes to e-waste per inhabitant: Oceania (largely Australia and New Zealand) is top on the generator list with 17.3 kg/inh, followed by Europe 16.6 kg/inh, America 11.6 kg/inh, Asia 4.2 kg/inh, and Africa only 1.9 kg/inh. The top five countries on kg/capita list are: Germany 22.8, France 21.3, US 19.4, Italy 18.9, and Japan 16.9. Most of e-waste is generated from non-Asian countries, but, Asia is the largest dumping ground for e-waste. However, volumes varied greatly between Asian sub-regions while the inhabitants of Brunei, China, Hong Kong and Singapore produced, on average, more than 18 kg/inh, those of Afghanistan or Nepal hardly produced any. According to some study findings Pakistan generated 317 kilo tons in 2015, that is 1.76 kg/inh, but those are estimated figures, the actual situation is seems far above. Improper handling of e-waste is a major reason to harm the environment and human health because of its toxic components. Several countries around the globe are now struggling to deal with this emerging threat.  Whereas in Pakistan, condition is opposite as one can hardly find reliable data, inventories and research studies related to e-waste issues in the context of environmental and human health. Karachi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi and few other cities are involved in the dismantling of e-waste, which is known as recycling, instead, it is causing environmental and health pollution. The labour involved in e-waste dismantling are observed as victims of deadly diseases because of unhealthy working environment. As of other developing countries, in Pakistan, e-waste is managed by lower class and untrained workers and recycled with backyard techniques at the cost of the health of worker and the environment. There is no proper system to recycle and dispose e-waste in Pakistan. There is a need to develop platform to address existing circumstance of e-waste in Pakistan with the attention on characterizing the real e-waste recycling sites, present and future domestic age of e-waste, and talks about different difficulties for e-waste management. There is need of policy arrangement interventions and conceivable measures to be taken at legislative level and should discuss to avoid the expanding issue of e-waste in the country. It is critically need to improve the current knowledge base, which should build upon the research experience from other countries that have experienced similar situations in the past. In a nutshell, to eradicate the existing problem of e-waste there is need to establish more effective strategies for e-waste management in Pakistan, government should evolve a system from where it can check the suitability of used electronic items. And, there is a dire need to determine the damaging impact of e-waste processing on public health and environment. A separate fund is also desired to educate workers in the industry and law enforcing agencies regarding the hazards of e-waste for providing safe environment to our next generation.

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