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MoEFCC notifies revised rules to manage e-waste

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change notified the revised e-waste management rules 2016 under which improper management of such refuse leading to environment damage will invite financial penalty.

E-Waste Management Rules 2016 will replace the norms, those were notified in 2011.

Important provisions:

  1. It provides for financial penalty for damage caused to ecology and any third party due to improper management of e-waste.
  2. It also brings producers under the so-called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) concept. EPR in waste management aims to include the environmental costs associated with goods throughout their lifecycle into the prices of products.
  • Under EPR, producers will have to set targets over the next few years for collection of e-waste.
  1. It will include compact fluorescent lamps and other mercury-containing lamps as well as other such electrical equipments.
  2. Under the new provision, producers will have to ensure a waste-collection mechanism under which they will set up collection centers and points and a take-back system.
  3. “Deposit Refund Scheme” has been introduced under which the producer of any computer, mobile phone or other electronic product will have to persuade consumers to return the products after usage for a small sum.
  4. It also stipulates that state governments must ensure the safety, health and skill development of workers involved in dismantling and recycling operations.
    • Department of labour in the state or any other government agency authorized in this regard by the state government needs to ensure recognition and registration of workers involved in dismantling and recycling, assist formation of groups of such workers to facilitate setting up dismantling facilities, undertake industrial skill development activities for the workers involved in dismantling and recycling, undertake annual monitoring to ensure safety and health of workers involved in dismantling and recycling.
    • However, the process of dismantling and recycling has been simplified with the Central Pollution Control Board giving a single authorization throughout the country.
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