GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
RAJYA SABHA QUESTION NO.193 ANSWERED ON 20.03.2017
Management of e waste
Dr. Vinay P. Sahasrabuddhe
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state :-
(a) whether Government has evolved any structured policy for the management of e-waste and if so, the details thereof; and
(b) whether, regardless of a well laid down e-Waste Management Policy, there are any rules and regulations of protocols and guidelines in this regard in place and if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
(SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)
(a) & (b): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
Statement referred to in reply to Parts (a) & (b) of the Rajya Sabha Starred Question No 193 for answer on 20th March, 2017 regarding “Management of e-waste” raised by DR. VINAY P. SAHASRABUDDHE
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, setting up of producer responsibility organizations and e-waste exchange to facilitate collection and recycling, assigning specific responsibility to bulk consumers of electronic products for safe disposal, providing for economic incentives for collection of electronic waste, and other measures which include responsibility of producers of electronic and electrical products for collection and channelizing of electronic waste. The Rules provide for 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). State Governments have been entrusted with the responsibility for earmarking 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.