Pollution watchdog reviews implementation of e-waste rules

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change - E-waste [Management] Rules, 2016

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India has notified the E-waste [Management] Rules, 2016 which is effect from 01.10.2016. For implementation of these Rules, the Central Pollution Control Board has notified “implementation of guidelines for E-waste Management Rules, 2016”. The Board had issued authorization to 27 collection centers, 42 dismantlers, 24 recyclers and
14 recyclers/dismantlers.

To review the implementation of E-waste (Management) Rules, 2016 in the state, meeting was conveyed by the Chairman of the Board on 12.6.2017. The representatives of the Central Pollution Control Board and the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change were also attended the meeting. Detail presentations on E-waste rules and guidelines were made and interactions were held. 47 numbers of processing units attended the meeting. After detailed deliberations, following directions were given:

  1. As per the  E-waste [Management] Rules, 2016,  meeting is treated as an opportunity of hearing to the processers and  for those who have not attending the meeting and not complied, further action will be initiated and also their names will be  published  in the website of the Board for information of all .
  2. Since the provision of individual collection center is no more existing in 2016 rules, the collection center for which the authorization has given by the Board is deemed to have been withdrawn and they are require to surrender the passbook/authorization.
  3. All the units are required to give quantity of material received by them from 1.4.2016 along with its source and discontinuity from the generator side.
  4. The producers are required to obtain EPR approved plan from CPCB.
  5. The manufactures including the parts of electric and electronic equipment are required to get it registered.
  6. All the bulk consumers are required to give their waste to the authorized dismantlers/recyclers after making entry in the passbook issued by the Board.
  7. The plastic waste (10 to 12% of the total waste) generated during processing of e-waste shall be handed over to registered recyclers under the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016.
  8. The other waste has classified under the hazardous and other waste shall be required to hand over the waste to the actual user.
  9. All the non-recyclers waste shall be disposed to TSDF facility.
  10. The Board has proposed to design vehicle for transportation of e-waste as done  in case of transportation  of  hazardous waste.
  11. The dismantlers and recyclers shall provide infrastructure as specified in the  guidelines.
  12. The recyclers  involved in generation of effluents are required to operate with preliminary treatment plant as per the directions of Hon’ble Supreme Court. Any violation noticed closure directions will be issued.
  13. The area specification of 300 sq.mt/ton of dismantling activity and 500 sq.mt/ton for recyclers will be followed. Non-availability of space, existing units are required to be shifted within 6 months.
  14. The Board will not allow dismantler/recyclers activities in residential area.
  15. Annual report shall be submitted within 7 days time.

The Board hereby directs all the bulk consumers, manufacturers, recyclers, dismantlers to follow/comply e-waste (Management) Rules, 2016 and treat this as final opportunity given to them.

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