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E-waste Recycling January 20, 2021 01:50:39 PM

NGT Orders Remedial Action Against Unlawful Disposal of E-Waste

Paul Ploumis
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The NGT directives were in response to three applications seeking remedial action against unscientific e-waste disposal.

NGT Orders Remedial Action Against Unlawful Disposal of E-Waste

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster):  The Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed remedial action against unlawful disposal of e-waste and implementation of E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016. It cited shortcomings on the side of State Pollution Control Boards and local authorities towards ensuring pollution-free environment. Also, it reminded the serious consequences of environmental crimes.

The NGT directives were in response to three applications seeking remedial action against unscientific e-waste disposal. One of the applications highlighted the health risks due to unauthorized recycling, collection, burning and selling of e-waste on roadside and river banks. The second application had sought concrete action by local authorities against around 5,000 illegal e-waste processing centres operating in and around Delhi. The third application focused on illegal e-waste disposal at the bank of Ramganga River in Uttar Pradesh.

The NGT observed clear governance deficits on the matter, stating that authorities are not concerned about the well-being of its citizens, as such environmental crimes pose serious threat to the health of citizens.

It directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to implement necessary action to reduce the use of hazardous substances in newly manufactured electrical equipment and spare parts. In addition, the local authorities were urged to act in strict compliance with the CPCB directives.

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