Electronic Waste

The growing dependency on information technology, the fast rate of technological changes and better standard of living has lead to the rapid obsolescence rate of electronic equipment causing gereration of e-waste.

          

e-waste is a collective terminology for the entire stream of electronic waste such as used TVs, Computers, refrigerators, telephones, air conditioners, mobile phones etc.

'e-waste' means  electrical and electronic equipment, whole or in part discarded as waste by the consumer or bulk consumers as well as rejects from manufacturing, refurbishment and repair processes  ( Source: e-waste Rules, 2016).

Responsibilities of Stakeholders and checklist as under E-Waste Rules, 2016 to seek authorization

 

A. Manufacturers

“manufacturer” means a person or an entity or a company as defined in the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 20130 or a factory as defined in the Factories Act, 1948 (63 of 1948) or small and medium enterprises as defined in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006 (27 of 2006), which has facilities for manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment;

Checklist for manufacturers

 

1.     Application for authorization as Form 1 (a)

2.     Land papers

3.     DIC registration certificate

4.     Copy of agreement with authorized collection centre / registered dismantler or recycler

5.     Equipments to handle accidental leakage of compressor oils / refrigerant gases, if applicable.

6.     Maintain records of e-waste generated, handled and disposed in Form -2 and submit annual returns in Form-3 on or before 30th day of June every year.

B.   Collection Centres

“collection centre” means a centre or a collection point or both established by producer individually or as association jointly to collect e-waste for channelizing the e-waste to recycler and play such role as indicated in the authorization for Extended Producer Responsibility granted to the Producer and having facilities as per the guidelines of Central Pollution Control Board, including the collection centre established by the dismantler or refurbisher or recycler which should be a part of their authorization issued by the State Pollution Control Board where the facility exists;

 

Checklist for Collection Centres

 

1.     Application for authorization as Form 1 (a)

2.     Land papers

3.     Detail of storage facilities and ensure safe transportation of e-waste collected for further processing

4.     Copy of agreement with registered dismantler / recycler

5.     Details of Producers authorizing them / Manufacturers in agreement with

6.     Equipments to handle accidental leakage of compressor oils / refrigerant gases.

7.     Maintain records of e-waste generated, handled and disposed in Form -2 and submit annual returns in Form-3 on or before 30th day of June every year.

 

C.    Refurbisher

 “refurbisher”  for the purpose of these Rules, means any company or undertaking registered under the Factories Act, 1948 or the Companies Act, 1956 or both or District Industries Centre engaged in refurbishment of used electrical and electronic equipment;

 

Checklist for refurbisher

 

1.        Application for authorization as Form 1 (a) in triplicate     accompanied  by following documents

a.     Consent to establish granted by SPCB Under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981

b.     DIC registration certificate

c.      Proof of installed capacity of plant and machinery issued by the DIC

2.     Copy of agreement with authorized collection centre / registered dismantler or recycler

3.     Equipments to handle accidental leakage of compressor oils / refrigerant gases, if applicable.

4.     Maintain records of e-waste generated, handled and disposed in Form -2 and submit annual returns in Form-3 on or before 30th day of June every year.

5.     Authorisation shall be granted on one time basis to refurbisher.

D.   Consumer or Bulk Consumer

 

“consumer” means any person using electrical and electronic equipment excluding bulk consumers;

“Bulk consumer” means bulk users of electrical and electronic equipment such as Central Government or State Government Departments, public sector undertakings, banks, educational institutions, multinational organizations, international agencies, partnership and registered public or private companies and health care facilities which have turnover of more than one crore or have more than twenty employees

 

1.Consumers or bulk consumers of electrical and electronic   equipments      (EEE) listed in Schedule I shall ensure channelization      of      e-waste generated by them through authorized collection   centre or     dealer or registered dismantler or recycler or through           designated take     back service provided by the Producer.

2.Bulk consumers of EEE as listed in Schedule I shall maintain records of e-waste generated, handled and disposed in Form -2 and submit annual returns in Form-3 on or before 30th day of June every year.

 

E.   Dismantler

“dismantler” means any person or organization engaged in dismantling of used electrical and electronic equipment into their components and having facilities as per the guidelines of CPCB and having authorization from SPCB.

 

Checklist for dismantler

 

1.     Application for authorization as Form 4 in triplicate accompanied by following documents

a.     Consent to establish granted by SPCB Under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981

b.     DIC registration certificate

c.      Proof of installed capacity of plant and machinery issued by the DIC

 

2.     DPR including details to ensure that the facility and dismantling processes are in accordance with the standards or guidelines prescribed  by CPCB from time to time

3.     Ensure channelization of segregated e-waste to registered recycler and Copy of agreement with registered recycler.

4.     Equipments to handle accidental leakage of compressor oils / refrigerant gases, if applicable.

5.     Maintain records of e-waste generated, handled and disposed in Form -2 and submit annual returns in Form-3 on or before 30th day of June every year.

6.     Authorisation shall be granted for five years to dismantler.

  

 

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Authorization issued  under e-waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011