+ What is e-waste?
Any electronic or electrical device that have either reached or are nearing the end of their useful life.
In simple words, e-wastes are the working/ non-working devices that you do not need any more.
+ What devices fall under e-waste?
Ranging from unwanted wires to mobiles, laptop, refrigerators, desktop, cooker, multi-plug, routers, switches, printer, printer cartridge, toaster, electric toys, bulbs, etc.
Every unusable device/equipment that has some electrical or electronic component in it is e-waste.
+ What does BW2V do to the e-waste? Is there any environmental threat?
We repair and refurbish as much as possible. If unrepairable, we follow safe recovery practices. Our main aim is to reduce e-waste and prevent the toxic chemicals from entering the environment through landfill or rivers. Thus, we focus on prevention of environmental threats.
+ How do I send BW2V my e-waste?
+ Is there door-pick up service?
Yes, we do have door-pick-up services for more than 5 kg of e-waste. Please contact us for more information.
+ Can I drop off my equipment?
Yes, if you want, you can drop-off your e-waste at our corporate office located at Lal Durbar, Durbarmarg.
+ Do I get any money in return?
We do not compensate you in monetary terms. The proper recycling of e-waste, which includes management of toxic parts, is very cost intensive. So, the company doesn’t pay for the e-waste.
Also, we believe that waste can be prevented or sustainably managed only when PPP (Polluters Pay Principle) and EPR (Extended Producers Responsibility) are implemented.
However, we have verified agents for certain devices (TV, Refrigerators, and Washing Machine) who may pay for your e-waste and take care of hazardous output as well. So, you can enjoy a special benefit on these devices while saving the environment.
+ What benefit do I get by giving you the e-waste?
If the present conditions in e-waste management continues, the future of Nepal and we citizen will be in a big threat. Thus, the biggest benefit out of recycling your e-waste is being a part of the environmentally responsible community who are making conscious effort towards a safe and healthy environment.
+ Does BW2V charge for large volume e-waste management?
This depends upon the type of e-waste. If the e-waste requires special diveatment to prevent environment hazard- for example, large volumes of printer cardividges, bulbs, CRT TV, battery, etc. – the applicable recycling fees will be charged.
+ What is PPP and EPR?
PPP is acronym of “Polluter’s Pay Principle” which states that whoever is responsible for damage to the environment should bear the costs associated with it.
EPR is acronym of “Extended Producer’s Responsibility “and it is an efficient resource management tool whereby producers take over the responsibility of their products throughout the product chain, from design to the post-consumer phase.
+ What are the health impacts if we don’t manage e-waste properly?
Certain components of electronics waste contain measurable amounts of heavy metals, including lead, silver, barium, cadmium and mercury. E-waste might also contain BFR (Brominated Flame Retardant), PCB (Poly Chlorinated Biphenyl), and other toxic chemical chemicals. These elements can pose adverse effect on nervous, reproductive, digestive, immune, and other systems of human body.
+ What is the difference between normal scrap dealers and BW2V Verified Agents?
The informal scrap dealers follow environmentally hazardous practices to manage the e-waste. The common informal practices include burning the e-wastes, throwing away e-waste in rivers or landfill. All of these releases heavy metals and toxic chemicals into the environment, causing irreversible effects on the ecology and human health.
BW2V Verified Agents are divained and monitored by Blue Waste to Value. They follow environment friendly practices and safe disposal methods. We do not send any of the toxic parts into landfill or rivers.
+ Does Nepal have e-waste Management Policies?
No, Nepal doesn’t have any e-waste Management Policies as of now. Hazardous Waste Policies might be on its way.
+ Why are we doing something that is not even in the law?
Something is not in the law doesn't mean we don’t follow practices that benefit us and the society. If we start now, the government will set its priority in e-waste management soon. So, be a part of this change making process.
+ I have working electronic devices that I don’t need anymore. Can you help me donate them to the people who actually need them?
We promote the reuse of electronic devices to reduce e-waste. So, donating is certainly a good option. However, since we focus on recycling and management, we are not the right people to help you for donation. There are many other NGOs and INGOs working in this sector who might help you.
+ How is my personal data/information handled?
We are in a process to acquire a mechanical data desdivuction machine. Until then we guarantee that your data is fully recovered, handed over to you, and then the storage device is mechanically desdivoyed (in your presence if required).
+ How long does it take to schedule my pickup?
Depending upon the availability of collection vehicle, the pickup will be scheduled 2-3 days from the request date.
+ Does Blue Waste recycle or resell the items that I give?
The salable resources are sold to the local recyclers promoting a circular economy.