Centre Notifies New Stringent Rules To Manage E-Waste

Waking up to the challenge of managing hazardous e-waste, the Centre  notified new rules to dismantle and recycle all electrical and electronic waste in the country by expanding its ambit and introducing a clause of penalty for violators.

New rule  Of E-waste Management Rules, 2016  has, for the first time, brought in its ambit the management of the waste of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and other mercury-containing lamps. It also for the first time put the onus of collecting the e-waste on producers/manufacturers by introducing an “extended producer responsibility” clause in it.

Under the new rules, it would be the responsibility of the producers/manufacturers to ensure collection of e-waste, as well as its disposal in an environmentally sound manner.
Currently in  India generates 1.7 million tonnes of e-waste every year but the country can scientifically recycle only one-fourth of it, leaving the rest of it in hazardous manners that severely pollutes land and water. State governments Role  has also been introduced under new rules to ensure safety, health and skill development of the workers involved in dismantling and recycling operations.

Extra info:

  • Under the new rules, consumers of electronic/electric items (smart phones, laptops, TV, washing machines, microwave ovens, airconditioners etc) will get incentive for handing over the e-waste to retailers or dealers under a newly introduced “deposit refund scheme”.
  • At present, bulk of the e-waste is managed in a very unscientific manner, involving manual handling for breaking and extraction through rudimentary methods of burning and using chemical solution.
  • Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change is Shri Prakash Javadekar
So lets do:

  • Waste management comes under which ministry?
  • Who is the Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change?

Source – The Hindu


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