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EPR for E-Waste

Safeguarding the Environment and Our Health in the Era of Electronics

WASTE MANAGEMENT/POLLUTION - EPR For E-Waste

Handling your E-waste Responsibly

E-waste EPR registration refers to the process by which “Producers, Importers, and Brand Owners” of electronic products comply with the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022 in India. EPR is a regulatory framework that places the responsibility on these entities to manage the collection, recycling, and safe disposal of the electronic waste generated from their products.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is based on the principle of “Polluter Pays”.

EPR is a concept to promote environmental sustainability and ensure the responsible management of waste generated by products throughout their lifecycle. In India, EPR is primarily governed by the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022, the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, the Battery Waste Management Rules, 2022, Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Amendment Rules, 2022. These rules are implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and regulated by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) at the national level. State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) is the State-level body to implement EPR and monitor activities related to that.

Mandatory or Voluntary?

It is a mandatory requirement for businesses involved in the manufacturing, importing, or selling of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) covered under the E-Waste (Management) Rules. The registration process ensures that these entities are accountable for the proper management of e-waste throughout the product’s lifecycle. However, it is not applicable for micro enterprise as defined in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act.

How
Mind Sync
Can Help?

Our dedicated team is here to assist you in navigating the complexities of waste management compliance for your business. With our expertise, we ensure a smooth and efficient process, from comprehending regulatory requirements to managing documentation and submissions. Our aim is to simplify the registration process, ultimately saving you valuable time and effort while ensuring compliance.

Storage & Transportation of E-Waste

Storage

Every manufacturer, producer, refurbisher and recycler may store the e-waste for a period not exceeding 180 days and shall maintain a record of sale, transfer and storage of e-wastes and make these records available for inspection and the storage of the e-waste shall be done as per the applicable rules or guidelines for the time being in force.

Provided that the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) may extend the said period up to 365 five days in case the e-waste needs to be specifically stored for development of a process for its recycling or reuse.

Transportation

Transportation of waste generated from manufacturing or recycling destined for final disposal to a treatment, storage and disposal facility shall follow the provisions under Hazardous Wastes (Management, Handling and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016.

QUICK ANSWERS

  • Information technology and telecommunication equipment
  • Consumer Electrical and Electronics and Photovoltaic Panels
  • Large and Small Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Electrical and Electronic Tools (With the exception of large- Scale Stationary Industrial Tools)
  • Toys, Leisure and Sports Equipment
  • Medical Devices (With the Exception of All Implanted and Infected Products)
  • Laboratory Instruments
  • Manufacturer
  • Producer
  • Refurbisher and
  • Recycler
The producers mean any person or entity who irrespective of the selling technique used such as dealer, retailer, e-retailer, etc.:
  • Manufactures and offers to sell electrical and electronic equipment and their components or consumables or parts or spares under its own brand; or
  • Offers to sell under its own brand, assembled electrical and electronic equipment and their components or consumables or parts or spares produced by other manufacturers or suppliers; or
  • Offers to sell imported electrical and electronic equipment and their components or consumables or parts or spares; or iv. Who imports used electrical and electronic equipment.
Where an accident occurs at the facility processing e-waste or during transportation of e-waste, the producer, refurbisher, transporter, dismantler, or recycler, as the case may be, shall report immediately to the concerned State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) about the accident through telephone and e-mail.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) by itself or through a designated agency shall verify compliance of the E-Waste Rules by producers, manufacturer, refurbisher, dismantlers and recyclers through random inspection and periodic audit, as deemed appropriate to take action against violations of the provisions.
Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) State Pollution Control
Board (SPCB)/Pollution Control Committee (PCC)

Do you have any queries?

This information is in summary form and is therefore intended for general guidance only. It is not intended to be a substitute for detailed research or the exercise of professional judgment. Mind Sync does not accept any responsibility for loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of any information provided herein. On any specific matter, reference should be made to the appropriate advisor.

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