Ministry of Environment finalizes E-waste Amendment Rules, 2018

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has come out with a E-Waste (Management) Amendment Rules, 2018 applicable from March 22, 2018.

The manufacturer, producer, importer, transporter, refurbisher, dismantler and recycler shall be liable to pay financial penalties as levied under the Provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and rules made there under for any violation of the provisions under these rules by the State Pollution Control Boards with the prior approval of the Central Pollution Control Board in accordance with the guidelines published by the Central Pollution Control Board.

The Central Pollution Control Board may conduct random sampling of electrical and electronic equipment placed in the market to monitor and verify the compliance of reduction of hazardous substances provisions and the cost for sampling and testing shall be borne by the government for conducting the reduction of hazardous substances test and the procedure of random sampling and permissible error value of reduction of hazardous substances test shall be as per the guidelines of the Central Pollution Control Board.

If the product does not comply with the reduction of hazardous substances provisions, then the cost of the reduction of hazardous substances test will be borne by the producer and in addition, the producer shall take corrective measures to bring the product into compliance and withdraw or recall the product from the market within a reasonable period as per the guidelines of the Central Pollution Control Board.

The collection, storage, transportation, segregation, refurbishment, dismantling, recycling and disposal of e-waste shall be in accordance with the guidelines published by the Central Pollution Control Board.

Year – E-Waste Collection Target (Weight):

2017-2018 – 10% of the quantity of waste generation as indicated in Extended Producer Responsibility Plan

2018-2019 – 20% of the quantity of waste generation as indicated in Extended Producer Responsibility Plan

2019-2020 – 30% of the quantity of waste generation as indicated in Extended Producer Responsibility Plan

2020-2021 – 40% of the quantity of waste generation as indicated in Extended Producer Responsibility Plan

2021-2022 – 50% of the quantity of waste generation as indicated in Extended Producer Responsibility Plan

2022-2023 – 60% of the quantity of waste generation as indicated in Extended Producer Responsibility Plan

2023 onwards – 70% of the quantity of waste generation as indicated in Extended Producer Responsibility Plan

Extended Producer Responsibility targets for producers, who have started sales operations recently, i.e. number of years of sales operations is less than average life of their products mentioned in the guidelines issued below by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) from time to time. These targets are applicable from financial year 2018-2019 and once the product achieves its average life as fixed by the Central Pollution Control Board, the collection target shall be revised.

Year – E-Waste Collection Target (Weight):

2018-2019 – 5% of the sales figure of financial year 2016-17

2019-2020 – 5% of the sales figure of financial year 2017-18

2020-2021 – 10% of the sales figure of financial year 2018-19

2021-2022 – 10% of the sales figure of financial year 2019-20

2022-2023 – 15% of the sales figure of financial year 2020-21

2023-2024 – 15% of the sales figure of financial year 2021-22

2024-2025 – 20% of the sales figure of financial year 2022-23

2025 onwards – 20% of the sales figure of the year preceding the previous year

 

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