E-waste is a critical waste issue globally due to increasing consumerism and rapid technological advancement. India is also facing a daunting task of handling high volumes of e-waste from its domestic generation. The crisis is deepened due to prevalent unscientific recycling in the unorganized sector. Improper handling and disposal of the toxic waste led the policy-makers to come up with a separate e-waste rules which was notified in 2011 and came into force on 1st May 2012.
E-waste (Management &Handling) Rules, 2011 are based on Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) principle and assign responsibility to producers/manufacturers for collection and processing of e-waste. In-spite of one year grace period provided for infrastructure development to the stakeholder, not much was done on the take back system due to lack of clarity on feasible and possible models which have potential of achieving success in a vast country like India.
India is facing a serious challenge as, in spite of the emergence of recycling infrastructure, we continue to struggle in adopting a sustainable waste collection mechanism. This could be due to lack of knowledge and capacity on economically feasible and sustainable models suited to the India conditions.
In order to understand some of the systems currently operational in many other countries and then analyze and identify those fundamentals that can be suitably adopted in Indian conditions. Toxics Link proposes to explore and come up with some solutions with the help of national and international experts. The day long workshop on Designing Take Back Systems for E-waste on 11th December, 2012 from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm at Conference hall Gulmohar, Habitat World at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi will bring together stakeholders from all over the world to discuss the existing take back models and possible options for India.
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A line of confirmation would be sent to you as there is limited entry to the workshop.
Power Point Presentation and PDF files of International Workshop on Designing Take Back Systems for E-waste on 11th December 2012.