Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) often ascribed as “urban ore” is a waste type consisting of any broken or unwanted electrical or electronic appliance. It includes includes computers, entertainment electronics, mobile phones and other items that have been discarded by their original users. Presence of chemicals like cadmium, lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium and brominated flame retardants makes e-waste dangerous. Electronic equipments are major contributors of heavy metals and organic pollutants to the waste stream.
The Central Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) of the Government of India now considers it necessary to enable the recovery and/or reuse of useful material from WEEE, thereby reducing the hazardous wastes destined for disposal and to ensure the environmentally sound management of all types of waste electrical and electronic equipment. In this regard, the MoEF has notified the Draft E-Waste Handling & Management Rules on 30th March, 2010.
The rules may be called the E-waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2010 and shall apply to every producer(s), dealer(s), collection centre(s), refurbisher(s), dismantler(s), recycler(s), auctioneer(s) consumer(s) or bulk consumer(s) involved in the manufacture, processing, sale, purchase of electrical and electronic equipment or components. To whom the rules shall not apply is clearly listed in the draft notification. The draft defines the responsibilities of each of the handlers of components that will eventually add to the E-waste load.
The Ministry now invites comments, objections or suggestions to the proposal contained in the draft notification by affected parties, civil society, expert groups and general public within sixty days from the date of notification (to be sent by 30th May, 2010). The same may be addressed and sent to the Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Paryavaran Bhawan, Central Government Offices (CGO) Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 or be sent electronically at the following e-mail address: secy-moef(at)nic.in
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