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Law Updates

Draft E-waste Management Rules 2022

Department: EPR E-Waste Authorization

Authority: E-Waste

2022-05-31

(i): All the goods companies and producers of electronic goods have to ensure that at atleast of 60% of their produced electronic waste is collected and further recycled by the year 2023 with targets to further increase them to 70% and 80% in the year 2024 and 2025 respectively.

(ii): Now the PIBO (Producer, Importers and brand owners) have to register themselves on online portal with Central pollution control board and have to specify their annual production and e-waste collection targets.

(iii): In case the company fails to meet the annual targets as specified in the draft, then the company is liable to pay fine or an environmental compensation to the central pollution control board. However, the draft does not confirms the quantum of the said fines.

(iv): Even after three years, companies that fall short of their goals can meet a year's goal. Those who accomplish their targets with a year's delay will be repaid 85 percent of their fine after two years, 60 percent after the second year, and 30 percent after the third year.

(v): The EPR also mandates that makers establish e-waste exchange facilities to assist collection and recycling, as well as assigning explicit responsibility for safe disposal to bulk consumers of electronic devices.

(vi): The notification covers a wide range of electronic devices, including computers, landline and mobile phones, cameras, recorders, music systems, microwaves, refrigerators, photovoltaic cells and medical equipment.

(vii): The EPR also mandates that makers establish e-waste exchange facilities to assist collection and recycling, as well as assigning explicit responsibility for safe disposal to bulk consumers of electronic devices. The responsibility for earmarking industrial space for e-waste dismantling and recycling facilities, undertaking industrial skill development, and establishing measures to protect the health and safety of workers engaged in e-waste dismantling and recycling facilities has been entrusted to the state governments.