India 5th largest Producer Of E-Waste: Study

India has not only emerged as the second largest mobile market with 1.03 billion subscribers, but also become the fifth largest producer of e-waste in the world, discarding roughly 18.5 lakh metric tonnes of electronic waste each year with telecom equipment alone accounting for 12 per cent of the e-waste, according to an Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India-Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (ASSOCHAM-KPMG) joint study. 

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has notified e-waste management rules, 2016 in which producers are for the first time covered under extended producers’ responsibility (EPR). The rules prescribe a waste collection target of 30 per cent waste generated under EPR for the first two years, progressively going up to 70 % in the 7th year of the rule.The rules prescribe stringent financial penalties for non-compliance.

So let’s do:
1.  Expand the term ASSOCHAM and KPMG ?
2. According to study, which country has emerged as world’s second largest mobile market ?

Source – The Hindu


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