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India amends e-waste management rules to formalise the e-waste recycling sector

On March 23, Indian Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardnan announced that the amendments to the E-waste (Management) Rules.

The move aims to facilitate and effectively implement the environmentally sound management of e-waste in India. 

Minister Dr Vardhan highlighted that the amendment in rules serves the objective of channelising the e-waste generated in the country towards authorised dismantlers and recyclers in order to formalise the e-waste recycling sector.  

He also pointed out that the revision of collection targets under the provision of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in the Rules and targets have been introduced for new producers who have started their sales operations recently. 

Some of updated rules under the E-waste (Management) Amendment Rules are as follows:

(1)    The e-waste collection targets under EPR have been revised and will be applicable from 1 October 2017.

The phase-wise collection targets for e-waste in weight shall be 10% of the quantity of waste generation as indicated in the EPR Plan during 2017-18, with a 10% increase every year until 2023. After 2023 onwards, the target has been made 70% of the quantity of waste generation as indicated in the EPR Plan.

(2)    The quantity of e-waste collected by producers from the 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017 shall be accounted for in the revised EPR targets until March 2018.

(3)    Separate e-waste collection targets have been drafted for new producers, i.e. those producers whose number of years of sales operation is less than the average lives of their products. The average lives of the products will be as per the guidelines issued by CPCB from time to time.

(4)    Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) shall apply to the Central Pollution Control board (CPCB) for registration to undertake activities prescribed in the Rules.

(5)    Under the Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) provisions, cost for sampling and testing shall be borne by the government for conducting the RoHS test. If the product does not comply with RoHS provisions, then the cost of the test will be borne by the Producers.

The detailed announcement of the amendment can be found here.

Feature image: Ondřej Martin Mach / CC BY-SA 3.0

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