E-WASTE MANAGEMENT

India currently is the 5th largest producer of E-waste in the world. The number has been increased drastically for India to be at 3rd position by end of 2020. Increased usage of electronic devices and electrical equipment like mobile phone, servers, television, laptop, microwave, refrigerators including air conditioners are resulting into large quantity of E-waste day by day.

To overcome the national concern, a set of rules and regulations for E-waste came into the existence as E-waste Management Rule, 2011. The same has been replaced with E-waste Management Rule, 2016.

E-Waste Management Rule, 2016

This program is mainly for producer or seller of electronic items being sold in India who would have to acquire authorization from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in form of the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) license. 

Objective

The overall objective of E-Waste(M) rules, 2016 is to take all steps required to ensure that e- waste is managed in a manner which shall protect health and environment against any adverse effects, which may result from such E-waste.

Applicability

This rule is applicable to every producer, consumer or bulk consumer, collection centre, dismantler and recycler of e-waste involved in the manufacture, sale, purchase and processing of electrical and electronic equipment or components specified in schedule– I of these Rules.

 

Official document of E-waste Management Rule, 2016: E-Waste Rule, 2016 & E-Waste Amendment Rule 2018

Product Categories notified in Schedule I of E-Waste Management Rule, 2016

Sr. No

Categories of electrical and electronic equipment

Electrical and electronic equipment code

i)

Information technology and telecommunication equipment:

 

Centralized data processing: Mainframes, Minicomputers

ITEW1

Personal Computing: Personal Computers (Central Processing Unit with input and output devices)

ITEW2

Personal Computing: Laptop Computers (Central Processing Unit with input and output devices)

ITEW3

Personal Computing: Notebook Computers

ITEW4

Personal Computing: Notepad Computers

ITEW5

Printers including cartridges

ITEW6

Copying equipment

ITEW7

Electrical and electronic typewriters

ITEW8

User terminals and systems

ITEW9

Facsimile

ITEW10

Telex

ITEW11

Telephones

ITEW12

Pay telephones

ITEW13

Cordless telephones

ITEW14

Cellular telephones

ITEW15

Answering systems

ITEW16

ii)

Consumer electrical and electronics:

 

Television sets (including sets based on (Liquid Crystal Display and Light Emitting Diode technology)

CEEW1

Refrigerator

CEEW1

Washing Machine

CEEW1

Air-conditioners excluding centralized air conditioning plants

CEEW1

Fluorescent and other Mercury containing lamps

CEEW1

EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility)

‘Extended Producer Responsibility’ means responsibility of any producer of electrical or electronic equipment, for channelization of e-waste to ensure environmentally sound management of such waste. Extended Producer Responsibility may comprise of implementing take back system and/or setting up of collection centers and having agreed arrangements with authorized dismantler/recycler either individually or collectively through a Producer Responsibility Organization recognized by producer or producers in their Extended Producer Responsibility – Authorization.

  • Lead time for EPR Approval as per CPCB: 4-5 Months from the date of receipt of all approved documents by the approving authority.

 

  • Extended Producer Responsibility Authorization (EPR – Authorization) is valid for a period of 5 Years.

 

  • For renewal of EPR Authorization, the application to CPCB has to be made before 3 months of its expiry (120 days).
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