GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS
QUESTION NO 3426
ANSWERED ON 8.05.2012
Sound e waste management system
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS (SHRIMATI JAYANTHI NATARAJAN)
(a)&(b) Based on a survey carried out by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), it is estimated that 1.47 lakh Metric Tons (MT) of e-waste was generated in the country in the year 2005, which is expected to increase to about 8.00 lakh MT by 2012. The ten States generating the maximum quantities of e-waste are as follows:
Sl. No. City E-Waste (MT)
1. Mumbai 11017
2. Delhi 9729
3. Bangalore 4648
4. Chennai 4132
5. Kolkata 4025
6. Ahmedabad 3288
7. Hyderabad 2833
8. Pune 2584
9. Surat 1837
10. Nagpur 1769
(c) to (e)The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has notified the E-Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011 for effective management of e-waste in the country. The Rules have come in to effect from 1st May 2012. The concept of Extended Producer Responsibility has been enshrined in these rules to make it a mandatory activity for the manufacturers of electronic and electrical equipments. Under this the producers are responsible for collection of e-waste generated from the end of life of their products by setting up collection centers or take back systems either individually or collectively.
Collection centres are required to obtain authorization from the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) concerned. Dismantlers and Recyclers are required to obtain authorization and registration from the SPCB concerned.
As per these Rules, E-waste recycling can be undertaken only in facilities authorized and registered with State Pollution Control Boards/Pollution Control Committees. Waste generated is required to be sent or sold to a registered or authorized recycler or re-processor having environmentally sound facilities.
Guidelines for Environmentally Sound Management of E-waste brought out by Central Pollution Control Board provide the approach and methodology for environmentally sound management of e-waste.