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E-waste Recycling May 25, 2022 02:30:01 PM

New E-Waste Rules Outlines Stricter Recycling Targets

Paul Ploumis
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The threshold will be increased to 70% and 80% in 2024 and 2025 respectively, the notification said.

New E-Waste Rules Outlines Stricter Recycling Targets

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The Indian Environment Ministry has released a draft notification outlining the new e-waste recycling rules. The draft will now be open for public comments and is expected to come into effect in August this year. It must be noted that India had first announced a set of electronic waste management rules in 2016, which were later amended in 2018.

According to the new rule, the consumer goods companies and manufacturers of electronic goods must ensure that at least 60% of their electronic waste is collected and recycled by 2023. The threshold will be increased to 70% and 80% in 2024 and 2025 respectively, the notification said.

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The new rules will also introduce a system of trading in certificates, which will allow companies to cover up their shortfalls. The companies are required to secure Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) certificates, specifying the annual volume of e-waste collected and recycled. Also, companies are allowed to sell surplus quantities to other companies to help them meet their criteria.

The companies are required to register on an online portal and submit annual production and e-waste collection targets. The overall monitoring of targets and the trade of EPR certificates will be coordinated by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

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