After two years, the government of India has finally extended a friendly hand to the planet. It took a long awaited step to conserve the ever-depleting natural resources. The rule has now fixed the e-waste management responsibility on the manufacturer.

Long Wait

The draft rules were published by the Ministry of environment, Government of India, in May 2010 but it came into effect only in May this year after it was left open for the scrutiny of the various stakeholders in the e-waste business.

These rules have, now, made a manufacture responsible for setting up a collection or a take-back facility for the e-waste that is required to be disposed off.

Who does it affect?

The new guidelines have a pan-approach and apply to both the producer and consumer of the electronic equipment, the recycler, the dismantler and the transporter of the e-waste.

Also, in case of dismantling or recyling waste in another state (where the waste is not collected or generated) the approval from the state authorities must be sought. Any recycler has to follow the procedures set by the central pollution board and hence, cannot carry the activities in a self-framed way. These procedures are set for both the facility and the processes and would be revised timely.

What does it say?

The new rules would keep a check on the following:

  • Number of workers (including the contractual labour)
  • Occupational safety measures
  • Installed capacity
  • Water and Fuel Consumption
  • Efficient system to gauge emission levels

The rules by government states that largely any producer, dismantler, recycler, or collection centre will not be allowed to store the e-waste material for more than 180 days.

It also affirms if any violation would occur, the registration of the recycler would be suspended or even cancelled.

This code for safe handling and recycling of e-waste is to ensure responsible behavior of the numerous units involved in the business. The government has a system of assessing the quantity handled by each dismantler/recycler by way of filing annual returns to fix the responsibility in case of any eventuality.

This will help in establishing  sound-management of the waste which often threatens the mantra of ‘Going green’ and may punish not just our environment but even our upcoming generations.