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Electronic waste and recycle by providers

Earlier I had three TVs in my house connected to Tata Sky DTH, now only one, so I have an HD set-top unused for years, a recorder HD box that is making noise, and one unused dish antenna – when I requested Tata Sky service to take them back, they flatly refused. I told them I was not looking for a buyback or cash, in fact, I volunteered to pay them for it.

I feel guilty about throwing a perfectly working box(es) in the garbage and add to electronic waste unnecessarily.

Unlike smartphones & say TVs, the set-top boxes are proprietary and integrated with the DTH operator’s CRM – they are useless outside the network. I wish regulator (#TRAI) make the providers take them back. If the rule can be extended to ISPs and TELCO for their old modems and routers it will be welcome too.

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