GOVERNMENT OF INDIA,MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
RAJYA SABHA,QUESTION NO.4187,ANSWERED ON:10.04.2017
Organised mechanism to manage e waste in the country
Smt. Renuka Chowdhury
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to satate :-
(a) whether the e-waste (Management) Rules provide for setting up of organized mechanism to manage e-waste in the country;
(b) if so, the number of producers of electronic goods and the mechanism for recycling of e-waste so far; and
(c) the steps taken by Government for having efficient mechanism for collection and disposal of about two lakh tonnes of e-waste generated annually in the country?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIORNMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
(SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)
(a)& (b): E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016 provides for organised mechanism to mange e-waste which includes revised Extended Producers’ Responsibility (EPR) to set up Producer Responsibility Organizations (PRO), to start Deposit Refund Scheme (DRS) by producers and to establish e-waste exchange to facilitate collection, storage and recycling of e-waste. CPCB has reported the receipt of 170 applications from producers for authorisation of EPRs. The combined recycling capacity of 178 dismantling and recycling units in the country is 4.38 lakh tons per annum.
(c) The policy framework for environmentally sound management of e-waste is laid down in E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016 which was notified in March, 2016. The provisions of these Rules include expanded producers’ responsibility, financial incentives through DRS, setting up of e-waste exchange to ensure collection and disposal of e-waste efficiently, specific responsibility upon bulk consumers of electronic products for safe disposal, and simplified permission process for setting up of dismantling and recycling facilities through single authorization based on Standard Operating Procedures (SoP) prescribed by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Responsibility upon State Governments to earmark industrial space for e-waste dismantling and recycling facilities, and to undertake industrial skill development and establish measures for safety and health of workers engaged in dismantling and recycling facilities of e-waste. In accordance with the provisions of the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016, the CPCB has published guidelines for implementation of these Rules in respect of collection centers, channelization, storage, transportation, environmentally sound dismantling, recycling, and refurbishment.