e-source platform is an open-source platform developed by researchers from IIT Madras to provide an online marketplace for e-wastes. It uses machine learning to provide better traceability of e-waste in compliance with guidelines and provide more opportunities for repair and re-use of the e-waste. India is currently the worldÂ’s largest producer of e-waste and only 5 per cent of these wastes are recycled properly.
The new exchange platform is expected to provide livelihood opportunities and improve occupational health and safety for youth and women. It is also expected to reduce the flow of toxic materials in waste streams and provide market for second-hand e-devices.